A new research study published by the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry revealed that drinking three units of alcoholic beverages everyday increases a person’s the risk of developing involuntary (essential) tumor by at least two times.
Involuntary (essential) tumor is a commonly-occurring neurological disorder which currently affects an estimated 650,000 individuals in the United Kingdom. In the United States, at least five million people over the age of 60 also have the said disorder.
The findings of the current study were based on an analysis of the neurological symptoms and lifetime alcohol consumption of around 3,300 participants, who were all more than 65 years old. These participants belong to a larger population who took part in a survey of age-related disorders conducted in three areas in central Spain. Of the total participants, 56% drank alcohol regularly.
The participants were first assessed from 1994 to 1995 and then from 1997 to 1998. During the second assessment, 76 of the participants were diagnosed to have developed essential tremor. These participants diagnosed with the tremor reported more regular and longer drinking than those who did not develop the said neurological disorder.
Based from their analysis of the data, the researchers found that those drank three units or more of alcohol doubled their risk of developing essential tremor. This is even after taking into account other factors such as depression and cigarette smoking that were likely to influence the results.
The researchers further discovered that each additional year that a person continued to drink daily added an additional 23% to the risk. “Even those who drank fewer units, but who drank regularly, increased their risk, although not to the same extent,” the researchers added.
According to the researchers, they were unable to identify the exact cause of the increased risk but they theorize that that it may be the damage caused by alcohol to some brain cells as well as the disturbed signaling between synapses or nerve junction boxes. The researches also noted that alcohol is a potent brain toxin that affects the cerebellum, which is partly involved in the development of involuntary tremors.
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