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WORK SMARTER NOT HARDER: Drinking May Shrink Your Brain – Even in Moderate Amounts

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Study:  Drinking May Shrink Your Brain – Even in Moderate Amounts
Drinking one to two alcoholic drinks, each day, is not great for your brain.
University of Pennsylvania researchers found drinking an average of one to two alcoholic drinks, each day, can be associated with not only negative changes in the gray and white matter of the brain, but also a reduction of brain volume.
The National Institute on Aging says our brains naturally shrink over time.  But this new study suggests that alcohol consumption can accelerate size reduction, as well as result in a more rapid decline in memory, and decision-making, plus other functions.
The study had limitations.  Researchers only looked at middle-aged participants of European descent; and therefore cannot prove causation.  This study was also limited in that it was not focused on cumulative consumption of alcohol.  The researchers only had information about how much the participants drank in the year prior to when the brain images were taken.
Study co-author Dr. Henry Kranzler adds, “…the idea that moderate drinking promotes health appears no longer defensible.  For pretty much any level of drinking, a reduction is likely to yield health benefits.”

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  • A study finds that there’s an association between drinking an average of one to two drinks per day and a decrease in brain size and volume, or an acceleration of the natural aging process
  • Still, researchers say the study was limited in that it online looked at middle-aged people of European descent, and that it was not focused on the cumulative consumption of alcohol as the researchers only had information on how much the participants drank in the year prior to the study


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