A couple of drinks a year doesn’t hurt, as the saying goes. That’s true? Science seems to completely deny it. A team of scientists seem to have proven it. There is a risk that even moderate consumption can lead to it. Drinking alcohol can make the brain shrink.
More alcohol, less brain
This hypothesis was put forward at Oxford. They suggest that the more alcohol is consumed, the lower the brain volume. The more you drink, the greater the negative effects on the brain.
“There is no harm threshold when drinking. All alcohol is bad. Most of the brain appears to be affected. Not just certain areas, as previously assumed, ”said study director Anya Topiwala.
The researchers analyzed data from 25,378 people. They took different dates. Age, gender, education, alcohol consumption, brain size and health status, including from MRI.
The study it was conclusive. The gray matter density can be reduced to 0.8% by volume. This is linked to weekly alcohol consumption. This number may seem insignificant. However, according to the researchers, this is significant for health.
“By and large, these effects appear to be minor. Although difficult to compare them to the effects of alcohol on other health outcomes such as increased risk of cancer. We will need to do research to understand how the link between alcohol and brain health is promoted through more tangible results. Like dementia or Alzheimer’s.
The conclusion that drinking alcohol can shrink the brain is controversial. It contradicts other research that suggests drinking wine is good for your health. For this reason, scientists believe that this study should be deepened to consider other factors.