Health Does drinking alcohol shrink your brain?

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What's good for the heart may hurt the brain, according to a new study of the effects of alcohol.

People who drink alcohol -- even the moderate amounts that help prevent heart disease -- have a smaller brain volume than those who do not, according to a study in the Archives of Neurology.

While a certain amount of brain shrinkage is normal with age, greater amounts in some parts of the brain have been linked to dementia.

"Decline in brain volume -- estimated at 2 percent per decade -- is a natural part of aging," says Carol Ann Paul, who conducted the study when she was at the Boston University School of Public Health. She had hoped to find that alcohol might protect against such brain shrinkage.

"However, we did not find the protective effect," says Paul, who is now an instructor in the neuroscience program at Wellesley College. "In fact, any level of alcohol consumption resulted in a decline in brain volume."

 
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Jedimindtrixxx

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wait wait wait are we talking about the "more than just the brain" that i think we are talking about? im not sure cuz im known to have a dirty mind. if not im lost
 

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Based on this article, http://www.thehelper.net/forums/showthread.php?t=108430, it does:

However, it is damage to the heart and circulatory system that place many drinkers at risk. Drinking over the recommended limits is one of the most common causes of high blood pressure, which can contribute to heart disease.

Drinking heavily is also likely to greatly increase the calorific intake, perhaps leading to obesity, which also increases these health risks.

Regularly drinking more than three units of alcohol a day increases the risk of a type of stroke called haemorrhagic stroke.

It can also contribute to osteoporosis, lead to muscle weakness, make skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema worse.

In men, there is likely to be a loss of libido and potency, shrinking of the testicles and penis, reduced fertiliy, loss of pubic hair and if cirrhosis is present, increased breast size and loss of body hair.

In women, ovulation may cease, and breasts and sexual organs shrivel.

Many cancers are alcohol-related, particularly those of the mouth, oesophagus, liver, stomach, colon, rectum, and perhaps breast cancer in women.
 

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hmm so i was thinking on the same topic

now onto my opinion:
NOOO MY MANHOOD!

and breasts and sexual organs shrivel.
o_O
 

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Whatever I still want my booze. I'll just take some of those ExtenZ pills with them. Or those ones with the weird looking guy that's always smiling. I mean, it's not a gimmick, it's REAL science, after all.
 

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you mean viagra?
 

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Personal experience?

Personal experience, yes. Sometimes men have certain issues when they have a few drinks and yes this can effect the female (me), but it is truly an issue for the male
 

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LOL! The funniest thing is that last post is from my girlfriend at the time :)
 
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