Oxford Study Finds No Safe Level of Alcohol Consumption For Brain Health

in #health2 years ago

A new study from the University of Oxford has investigated the relationship between drinking and brain health and determined that there might not be any level of alcohol consumption that is safe for brain health.

The study, which hasn't been peer reviewed, investigated self reported alcohol consumption from thousands of UK residents and compared that with brain scans that looked at gray matter in the brain.

By investigating both they discovered that alcohol consumption had a linear negative association with brain gray matter volume.

They also didn't notice any difference between wine, beer, or other liquor.

"So many people drink 'moderately,' and think this is either harmless or even protective,... As we have yet to find a 'cure' for neurodegenerative diseases like dementia, knowing about factors that can prevent brain harm is important for public health." lead author A. Topiwala, a senior clinical researcher at Oxford

This information conflicts with widespread acceptance and belief with many today that some moderate drinking might even be beneficial, that there isn't anything to worry about.

But unfortunately this isn't the first investigation of its kind to come to this sort of conclusion.

Previous research into the relationship of alcohol consumption and health has found that alcohol consumption might be linked to hypertension, a decline in brain health, and that even low level drinking can pose problems.

Considering the damage that these products can inflict upon the individual, and the damage inflicted upon families and communities from those who cannot handle their alcohol consumption, it leaves one baffled as to why alcohol is still much more widely accepted today than cannabis.