Even a Little Booze Can Damage Your Brain
While some research has shown a moderate intake of alcohol—a beer or glass of wine at night, for example, can be good for health, a new study published in the BMJ suggests even moderate drinking may damage the brain.
The long-term study was conducted over a 30-year period and involved monitoring participants’ alcohol intake and conducting brain function tests and brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans. According to researchers, study participants who had the highest alcohol intake were at the highest risk for brain damage associated with memory loss and a decline in spatial navigation, language skills, and cognitive decline, but moderate drinkers also had an increased risk compared to non-drinkers.
The researchers are not recommending that you change your drinking habits based on the results of this one study. But it seems there’s still a long way to go before we’ll fully understand the good and bad effects of alcohol.