According to a new study, there is no such thing as a “safe” level of alcohol use, with higher levels of consumption linked to poorer brain function.
A team of researchers at the University of Oxford reviewed the brain scans of 25,000 people who were intaking alcohol and summarized that alcohol affects the brain’s gray matter – the “brain’s part where important information is processed.”
At Oxford, a senior clinical researcher, Anya Topiwala, said that the amount of gray matter depends on alcohol consumption.
They investigated whether maintain a drinking routine with beverage types changes the fact alcohol harms your brain, but this was of no use. Unfortunately, they found out there was no “safe” level of drinking.
Even there was no evidence that the type of drink imparts the role in harming the brain. But if you have health conditions like obesity or binge-drinking, high blood pressure, risk factor increases in your case.
People assume if they drink ‘moderately,’ it will neither be “harmless nor protective.” But Topiwala assured that they will find the cure for preventing brain harm due to alcohol sooner or later.
According to a survey in 2016, due to drinking alcohol, many premature death cases and diseases were reported in men and women between the ages of 15 and 49 worldwide. According to a study published in The Lancet in 2018, one in 10 deaths was due to alcohol.
The head of research at the UK’s Institute of Alcohol Studies, Sadie Boniface, stated that they aren’t sure about the safe level of drinking alcohol, but it is proven heavy drinking is not just unhealthy for brain health, but it also affects your all body parts and increases multiple health risks.
In 2018, research of more than 1 million people indicated that excessive drinking is the leading cause of dementia, while another study indicated that excessive drinking increases the risk of heart disease and aneurysms.
No safe limits:
The team discovered that there was no such thing as a “safe” level of alcohol consumption, indicating that any amount of alcohol was worse than none at all.
“Even at levels of low-risk drinking,” Tony Rao, a visiting clinical fellow in Old Age Psychiatry at King’s College London, told CNN, “there is evidence that alcohol consumption plays a larger role in damage to the brain than previously thought. The (Oxford) study found that this role was greater than many other modifiable risk factors, such as smoking.”
“The interaction of high blood pressure and obesity in enhancing the harm done to the brain by alcohol underscores the larger relevance of nutrition and lifestyle in preserving brain health,” he added while talking to CNN.