New study says a glass of wine a day can lead to 'the shakes'
A glass of wine a day can double the risk of getting the shakes in later life, it has been claimed.
The debilitating condition, known as essential tremor, is most often associated with alcoholism, Parkinson's disease or an overactive thyroid.
But now scientists have found that even those who drink just three units a day - equivalent to a large glass of wine or one and a half pints of beer - are putting themselves at risk.
The scientists, from Madrid and New York, looked at the drinking habits of 3,285 pensioners in Spain.
They found those who drank one or two units daily had a 30 per cent increased risk of developing the shakes compared with non-drinkers. Those drinking three or more units doubled their risk.
Prof Ian Gilmore of the Alcohol Health Alliance said the study, published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, 'underlines how important it is to stay within recommended limits, and to adopt alcohol-free days'.
He added: 'Mental disorders account for the largest number of alcohol-related hospital admissions. Yet insufficient attention is paid to the link between alcohol misuse and neurological illness.'
These are confusing times for wine drinkers. Last month, for example, another study found that one glass of wine every night can increase the risk of breast cancer by a quarter.
And the new research findings come only a week after a report, this time from Northumbria University, suggesting that a substance found in red wine actually enhanced people's mental functions.
The NHS advises that men should drink no more than 'three or four' units a day, while women should stick to 'two or three' a day. Three units contains as much alcohol as a large glass of wine, three shots of whisky or one and a half pints of beer.
In England, almost 1.6 million men are considered 'high risk' drinkers, downing more than 50 units of alcohol a week, and so are more than a million women, who are drinking more than 35 units a week.
Source: Daily Mail
- April 09,2009