Study: Binge drinking may be linked to memory loss
Two new memory-related studies suggest that some Alzheimer's diagnoses may be being made incorrectly, and that binge drinking at an early age may lead to memory loss later in life.
In the latter, researchers administered language and memory tests to college students between the ages of 18 and 20. The study revealed that those who identified themselves as binge drinkers consistently underperformed, compared to their non-binge drinking peers. Researchers point out that the study doesn't prove a relationship between binge drinking and memory loss, but that it does show an association between the two. The first study suggests that many doctors who diagnose patients with early onset Alzheimer's disease may actually be using the wrong criteria for testing. Doctors often test patients based on visual, behavioral and language problems, all of which are technically connected to the disease, but which fail in accuracy compared to PET scans, or brain and spinal fluid testing.