- Careful how many drinks you pour! A new study reports that “safe” alcohol consumption is a myth.
- In 2020, alcohol consumption in the U.S. spiked, with heavy drinking increasing by 41% among women. The lockdown certainly didn't help anyone.
- Researchers from the University of Oxford noted that drinking had an effect on the brain's gray matter -- regions in the brain that make up "important bits where information is processed," according to lead author Anya Topiwala, a senior clinical researcher at Oxford.
- "Brain volume reduces with age and more severely with dementia. Smaller brain volume also predicts worse performance on memory testing," she explained.
- They found that there was no "safe" level of drinking.
- "Even at levels of low-risk drinking," she said, "there is evidence that alcohol consumption plays a larger role in damage to the brain than previously thought. The (Oxford) study found that this role was greater than many other modifiable risk factors, such as smoking."
Read more here https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/19/health/alcohol-brain-health-intl-scli-wellness/index.html