'Moderate' drinking linked to brain damage: study

'Moderate' drinking linked to brain damage: studyEven moderate drinking is linked to brain damage and a slight decline in mental skills, according to a study released Wednesday that calls into question many national alcohol guidelines. Men and women who consume 14-to-21 drinks a week over decades are two to three times more likely than non-drinkers to show atrophy in the hippocampus, a part of the brain that governs memory and the ability to keep one’s bearings, said the study, published in the medical journal BMJ. A single drink was defined as containing 10 millilitres (eight grammes) of pure alcohol — the equivalent of a large glass of wine, a pint of five-percent beer, or a shot of spirits such as whisky or vodka.



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