I think that by now, most people know that drinking isn’t good for them. There are a variety of reasons why this is so. The reasons why I’ve kept my alcohol intake to a small (or none) amount is that it’s a depressant, and I just don’t need that in my life. The other reason is that if feel like I need all the brain cells I can get. While these are reason enough as far as I’m concerned to drink very little – less than one alcohol beverage per month, I’ve recently come across some new evidence that leads me to believe that my small amount of imbibing is over completely.
A new, relatively small study suggests that alcohol actually causes the shrinking of the hippocampus (the region in the brain that is associated with memory and navigation), as well as the white matter in the brain. The more people drink, the greater the rate of shrinkage.
Now, this study involved 550 subjects over the years from 1985 continuing to the present. While it was just the one study, I myself found the results to be troubling. It seems to suggest that even moderate drinking can cause changes in the brain.
Do you indulge in alcohol, and if so do you worry about the effect it could have on your brain? For myself, I’m glad that I’ve always kept my alcohol intake on the extremely low side. There is also the documentary”The Truth About Alcohol” on Netflix which is scientifically interesting without being boring in the least. If you want to know more about the effect of alcohol on your health, I recommend watching it. What do you think of this new information? Let me know in the comments.