Neuromyth

Does drinking alcoholic drinks always kill brain cells?

  • Published1 Feb 2010
  • Reviewed1 Feb 2010
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  • Source BrainFacts/SfN

FALSE 

Moderate amounts of alcohol do not kill brain cells. Alcohol threatens your brain because of its addictive qualities and its ability to alter brain function, as well as its ability to shrink cells. Some studies find moderate amounts of alcohol appear to be healthful. For adults, a glass or two of wine a day might protect the brain by reducing the risk of stroke. However, years of chronic alcohol abuse or periods of binge drinking will kill neurons.

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