/ 20 May 2021

Alcohol on your mind…

Any amount of alcohol consumption is harmful to the brain, a UK study has found. Drats… The (yet to be peer-reviewed) study looked at alcohol’s effects on the brain size and health of more than 25,000 people and has linked higher alcohol consumption with lower grey matter density. But any level of drinking was also associated with poor brain health, affecting up to 0.8% of grey matter. Researchers say drinking has a bigger impact on brain health than other factors, including smoking or body weight, but outcomes were worse for those with high blood pressure and body mass index (BMI). “There’s no threshold drinking for harm – any alcohol is worse. Pretty much the whole brain seems to be affected – not just specific areas, as previously thought,” lead author and Oxford University lecturer Anya Topiwala said. Cheers to the days when there was a new study every 2 seconds about how good red wine is for you…

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