We do know that heavy drinking may have extansive effects on the brain, ranging from simple “slips” in memory to more complicated conditions that require lifetime custodial care. And even moderate drinking leads to short–term effects, as shown by extensive research on the impact of drinking on driving.
A study found that drinking wether heavy or moderate amount damages the brain faster.
According to PLOS Medicine, researchers collected data from 20,965 participants whose mean age was 55. While 2.7% of those involved didn’t drink any alcohol, the remaining participants were drinking an average of 6 glasses of wine every week (same as 8 units of wine). That turned out to be much when it comes to keeping the brain healthy.
Brain Damage From Other Causes
People who have been drinking large amounts of beer or wine for long periods of time run the risk of developing serious and persistent changes in the brain. Damage may be a result of the direct effects of drinking on the brain or may result indirectly, from a poor general health status or from severe liver disease.
For example, thiamine deficiency is a common occurrence in people with alcoholism and results from poor overall nutrition. Thiamine, also known as vitamin B1, is an essential nutrient required by all tissues, including the brain.
Thiamine is found in foods such as meat and poultry; whole grain cereals; nuts; and dried beans, peas, and soybeans. Many foods in the United States commonly are fortified with thiamine, including breads and cereals.
As a result, most people consume sufficient amounts of thiamine in their diets. The typical intake for most Americans is 2 mg/day; the Recommended Daily Allowance is 1.2 mg/day for men and 1.1 mg/day for women.
Does Alcohol Kill Brain Cells?
Alcohol doesn’t kills brain cells but damages the brain in other ways, for instance, by damaging the ends of neurons. This can make it difficult for those neurons to send important nerve signals. Alcohol may also damage the brain by increasing the risk of strokes, head injuries, and accidents.
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