Alcohol consumption and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Takeaway

  • There is a clear causal relationship between alcohol consumption and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in the European population.

Why this matters

  • Previous studies have found conflicting results regarding the association between alcohol consumption and risk of developing ALS and have failed to prove a causal relationship.

  • Confirmation of a causal link between alcohol consumption and ALS development may increase understanding of ALS pathogenesis, and provide a foundation for the development of therapies.