The more alcohol you drink, the more your brain shrinks, a new study has found.
Brain volume decreases naturally as people age, at a rate of about 1.9 percent per decade. At the same time, the brain acquires white matter lesions as it gets older. Both of these changes also accompany dementia and cognitive decline, according to background information in the study.
Moderate levels of alcohol consumption have been linked with improved cognitive function and a decreased risk in Alzheimers's
Alcohol had no protective affect on the normal, age-related shrinkage in brain volume, the researchers found.
To the contrary, the more a person drank, the more their brain volume diminished. This relationship was somewhat more pronounced in women, although women tended to be lighter drinkers.
The gender difference could be explained by biological factors, namely that alcohol is absorbed faster in women and they tend to feel the effects of alcohol more than men
MY mother drank all her life and was not drinking about 6 8 mths prior to passing
I find this very interesting and scary as well
I am a sober alcoholic since 1979 and there is also some evidence that women that have parent(s) will or actually could possibly get AD........
I was seriously starating to think I was developing AD or a dementia when I was forgetting short term and having probs with short term memory.........
My GMA also had Alzheimers on Mom's side........
Dad was my step dad so that will not effect me biologically but still it is pretty darm scary.......
Was actually relieved to know the memory was part of my fibro to be honest
Take care all and God Bless.......LYN
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Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 10/26/2008 2:44:59 PM (GMT-6)