STUDY: Drinking ANY alcohol harmful to brain

  • Oxford scientists link alcohol consumption with reductions in brain grey matter
  • Grey matter contains neuronal cell bodies of a person’s central nervous system
  • Research into the effects of drinking alcohol in moderation appears to be mixed

In a blow to those of us who enjoy a tipple after work, a new study reveals drinking any amount of alcohol is harmful to the brain.

Researchers from the University of Oxford have linked ‘moderate’ drinking to lower volume of grey matter.

Grey matter, found in the outermost layer of the brain, is high in neural cell bodies and plays a major part in the central nervous system.

The researchers report ‘no safe dose of alcohol for the brain’, and say that moderate consumption is linked with ‘more widespread adverse effects on the brain than previously recognised’.

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The scientific literature on the effects of drinking alcohol in moderation appears mixed.

Previous research has found a glass of red wine a day can stave off diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s and heart disease.


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