What Alcohol Consumption Does to Your Brain
We all know that alcohol is not good for you that is what everyone says. However, our society has done a pretty good job of making sure that people do not know the real truth about it and how damaging it can be. Therefore, we are here today to share some information with you which is really shocking. These warnings we are about to present you are not written on warning labels on alcohol bottles unless you count the one where it says to not drink while pregnant.
Something else you need to consider when it comes to alcohol consumption is how little it bothers people that it is dangerous, especially compared to other substances. In fact, we can all call them by one name- and that is drugs. Alcohol is indeed a drug. However, most of the time it is not seen as such. This is because it is socially accepted and pushed in our society and culture. Thus, it usually comes as a shock when someone says that they do not drink.
Nevertheless, people have started being more aware of the problem that is alcohol. Also, they have started to realize that it is a carcinogen and it needs to be treated as one.
The Study on Alcohol
There has been a research which was published in July 2017 issue of the British Medical Journal. This research revealed that alcohol is detrimental to areas of the brain. According to a press release:
‘The study followed 550 men and women for 30 years, measuring their brain structure and function to determine how alcohol use affects the mind over time. What they found is that the more people drank, the more atrophy occurred in the brain’s hippocampus, a seahorse-shaped structure in your brain that plays a role in storing memories. The highest risk was for people who drank 17 standard drinks or more of alcohol per week. But even people who drank moderately saw an elevated risk for cognitive changes.’
The hippocampus is a very important gland that has a great role in the regulation of the limbic system of the body and the memory. This is why people who are intoxicated experience slurred speech, lethargic movement, have poor memory and even experience blackouts.
Another important factor from this study is that people who drink regularly may experience some atrophy of the hippocampus. This means that with time, the effects of drinking will contribute to the development of many health issues.
Thus, with the improvement of research method, we can learn even more of the changes in the brain in people that consume it regularly. All these developments are really important. This is because of the cultural exaltation of alcohol that is seen as harmless if done in moderation. But, also the idea that moderate consumption of alcohol provided positive benefits.
“As methods of investigating the association between alcohol and health are refined, however, the size of the apparent benefits reduces substantially.”
Why Is Alcohol Pushed Upon Us in Society?
When we have in mind all the other drugs that exist in our society that are illegal. Only then we might wonder why alcohol is still legal. Also, it is available and even pushed onto us. Thus, considering the fact that chronically poor health is a model of business in this society and medical institutions are actually benefiting if someone’s health is declining, then we can understand the pushing of alcohol on society. Hence, if you are aware, then you can make a change. Only if we are educated and informed we can save our health and contribute to society!