Drinking Any Amount Of Alcohol Causes Damage To The Brain: S
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It's generally accepted that alcohol is fine in small amounts and not so healthy in larger quantities. But a new study from researchers at the University of Oxford suggests that consuming any amount of alcohol can damage your brain. The research, analyzed data from 25,378 people who participated in the study. That data included how much alcohol the participants said they drank, along with scans of their brains.

The researchers discovered that alcohol use was linked to the amount of gray matter in the brain, regions that affect how decisions are made. Specifically, the more people drank, the less gray matter they had — and people who drank any amount of alcohol had less gray matter than those who didn't drink. There were no differences in this impact between people who drank beer, wine and liquor.

No safe dose of alcohol for the brain was found, the researchers wrote in the conclusion, adding that moderate consumption is associated with more widespread adverse effects on the brain than previously recognized. The researchers also said that current 'low risk' drinking guidelines should be revisited to take account of brain effects.

Lead study author suggests moderate drinking recommendations should be revisited. Moderate drinking is highly prevalent, yet there were still controversies about whether or not it affected the brain, such as the amount necessary and who is at higher risk, she says. Your brain volume shrinks with age, and it shrinks even more if you happen to develop a condition like dementia.

While very heavy drinking can damage the brain through deficiency in the vitamin thiamine, we don't know if this mechanism could also be relevant for lower intakes. Ethanol, aka alcohol, is "probably also directly toxic to brain cells, she says.

It's not a surprise that ethanol can penetrate into all areas of the brain, Jamie Alan, assistant professor of pharmacology and toxicology at Michigan State University says. "I think the surprising part was that effects were seen with almost any dose of alcohol." The long-term impacts of alcohol on the brain are still being studied.

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Now my whole brain is damaged I believe. How am u even alive and yet not vegetative 🤔🤣
May 23, 2021Like2