Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Home Life Style Health & Fitness Excessive Alcohol Affects Cognitive Brain Function

Excessive Alcohol Affects Cognitive Brain Function

Binge Drinking Leads to Long-term Effects on Mind: Study

A new study released this week describes how excessive alcohol-consuming too much alcohol, too fast — affects the brain, leading to anxieties and other cognitive issues.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines binge drinking as a man consuming five or more drinks in about two hours; four drinks for a woman. The CDC reports the habit is a growing problem in the United States, especially among young people, with 1 in 6 adults binge drinking about four times a month.

Previous research examined the long-term effects of binge drinking on the brain, but this latest study, published Tuesday in the journal Science Signaling, focused specifically on the immediate effects of binge drinking on the brain.

To do this, the researchers from the University of Porto in Portugal gave an alcohol solution to mice, equivalent to 10 days of binge drinking, which spurred immune cells in mice brains to destroy the synapses — or connections — between neurons, leading to anxiety and other cognitive issues.

University of Porto researcher João Relvas, co-author of the study, said in an interview, “Even for a short period of time, excessive drinking is likely to affect the brain, increasing the level of anxiety, a relevant feature in alcohol abuse and addiction.”

Whiskey
Previously, researchers have also examined the long-term effects of binge drinking on the brain. Pixabay

Dangers of alcohol ‘underestimated’

Relvas said further studies in humans could reveal the exact drinking patterns that spark synaptic dysfunction. But for now, Relvas cautioned that people should pay attention to their intake and follow public health guidelines on drinking in moderation.

“The dangers of alcohol drinking, especially amongst the younger population, have been widely underestimated and excessive alcohol drinking is socially relatively well tolerated,” Relvas said.

He said studies like theirs should help increase public awareness and education among people young and perhaps change the way society looks at alcohol consumption.

Also Read: Walmart Aims for Zero Global Emissions by 2040 

Dietary guidelines determined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture define moderate drinking as up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks per day for men. (VOA)

STAY CONNECTED

19,120FansLike
362FollowersFollow
1,782FollowersFollow

Most Popular

Air Pollution Causes Food Delivery Leading to Plastic Waste

When the air quality outside is bad, office workers are more likely to order food than go out for lunch, which in turn increases...

Virus Can Reinfect COVID Patients When Antibodies Start Depleting

Patients who have recovered from COVID-19 can again get infected by the virus once the antibodies of the viral disease start depleting, the Indian...

International Chef Day a Low-Key Event Due to Pandemic

The International Chef Day is observed on October 20, but this year, the celebrations here were muted as chefs are facing a torrid time...

Coffee Before Breakfast May Increase Diabetes Risk

If you're taking coffee before breakfast, read this carefully. Researchers have found that drinking coffee first thing can have a negative effect on blood...

India’s Nutrition Experts on Supporting Public Health Delivery

Indias public health and nutrition efforts are differentiated by an enterprising early start going as far back as 1975 with the beginning of Anganwadi...

‘Fashion Reboot’- A Collection Focusing Gen Z

The final day of the digital edition of Lotus Make-up India Fashion Week, Spring/Summer 2021 on Sunday opened a film presentation that showcased a...

Disorder in Sleep Cycle Due to Excessive Use of Cellphones

Cell phones have become integral to function for nearly everyone. While it has brought a lot of tasks to our fingertips, cell phones also...

Higher Mortality Risk for COVID Patients with Kidney Diseases

Researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have found that there is a much higher risk of mortality faced by COVID-19 patients in intensive care, who...

Recent Comments