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THE EFFECTS OF SOCIAL DRINKING IN OLDER AGE ON COGNITION AND BRAIN HEALTH

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THE EFFECTS OF SOCIAL DRINKING IN OLDER AGE ON COGNITION AND BRAIN HEALTH
author
Moussa, Malaak
abstract
Recent census data has found that roughly 40% of adults 65 years and older not only consume alcohol but also drink more of it than previous generations. Older drinkers are more sensitive than younger counterparts to the psychoactive effects of alcohol due to natural biological changes that occur with aging, and this may leave them vulnerable to even moderate amounts of alcohol consumption. The focus of this dissertation is on non-problem social alcohol consumption (7-21 drinks per week) in older age (≥ 65 years old), and the overarching goal was to determine whether or not it is associated with exacerbated age-related cognitive decline and brain changes.
subject
Aging
Alcohol
Brain
Cognition
Graph Theory
Networks
contributor
Laurienti, Paul J (committee chair)
McCool, Brian (committee member)
Godwin, Dwayne (committee member)
Liguori, Anthony (committee member)
Simpson, Sean (committee member)
date
2015-06-23T08:35:56Z (accessioned)
2016-06-22T08:30:10Z (available)
2015 (issued)
degree
Neuroscience (discipline)
embargo
2016-06-22 (terms)
identifier
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/57165 (uri)
language
en (iso)
publisher
Wake Forest University
type
Dissertation

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