Alcohol Proven to Shrink Your Brain - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/2/07

Alcohol Proven to Shrink Your Brain

Too much alcohol can do more than give a buzz, it can apparently shrink your brain!

Researchers told the American College of Neurology meeting in Boston Tuesday that a study divided about 2,000 people into different groups, from non-drinkers to heavy drinkers, described as 14 drinks a week or a little more than two 6 packs.

Using MRI scans of the brain, the study found that over time, the heavy drinkers had brains that were 2 percent smaller than those who never drank. Worse yet, they found the more a person drank, and the longer they drank, the more the brain shrunk.

For some reason, the risk was slightly higher among women.

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