Alcohol Concern will be supporting World Alzheimer's Day on 21 September, aiming to raise awareness of the link between alcohol and demenita.

Long term heavy alcohol consumption is linked with the development of ‘alcohol-related dementia’; a broad set of dementia-like symptoms which can include problems with memory, attention, learning new tasks and reasoning.

Although, the exact relationship between alcohol and dementia is debated, what is clear is that long term alcohol use can damage the brain and lead to cognitive impairment.

Dr Tony Rao, consultant and old age psychiatrist, said:

“Alcohol is now a direct cause for an increasing number of people with dementia in the UK.

“Whereas in previous years, we have seen alcohol related brain damage confined to memory problems that remain stable over time, this has now extended to seeing a growing population of people with more widespread and progressive problems.

“Such problems lead to unnecessary suffering from a dementia that is potentially preventable.”