Consumption of alcohol in any amount is harmful to the human brain, the density of living matter is negatively affected by very moderate drinking.
Researchers at Oxford University in the UK found out in a new study. They examined health data from a group of 25,000 people and magnetic resonance imaging brain scans. According to them, alcohol is bad for brain health and is a much more risky factor than smoking or being overweight. The Guardian reported on the study, which has not yet been reviewed.Read also NASA has released a unique image of the center of the Milky Way
“There is no limit beyond which drinking would be harmful, it harms any amount of alcohol. And it basically affects the whole brain, not just some parts of it, as it was said before, “said the head of the research team, Anya Topiwala. According to her, it has not been shown that any type of alcohol has a beneficial effect in smaller quantities, even in the case of wine, to which some experts have so far attributed a positive effect on health.
Researchers in a group of more than 25,000 study participants recorded information about age, gender, health, education, declared amount of alcohol consumed, and examined brain size and health and memory test results. According to them, a direct relationship can be traced between the amount of alcohol consumed and the lower density of gray matter.Read also Through optogenetics, the researchers restored partial vision in the blind man
According to them, alcohol can explain about 0.8 percent of changes in the volume of gray matter, which seems to be a very small value. However, Topiwala pointed out that this is a much higher number than for other risk factors. Alcohol is up to four times riskier than smoking or being overweight.
Source: Pravda.sk – Veda a technika by vat.pravda.sk.
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