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Oxford study finds that any amount of alcohol damages the brain

A new study concludes that consuming any amount and any type of alcohol leads to brain damage. The experiment and its findings have yet to be peer-reviewed.

Researchers at the University of Oxford collected data from 25,000 participants in a study and compared their alcohol intake to their brain scans. According to the study, alcohol consumption led to a decrease in “gray matter” of the brain. Lead author, Anya Topiwala explained this matter as, “important bits [of the brain] where information is processed.” As humans age, there is a natural reduction in the brain’s gray matter. The gray matter may disappear more quickly in the presence of diseases such as dementia. The process may also be sped up by controllable factors such as drinking. The study found that the type of alcohol consumed does not make a difference.

Alcohol intake is reported to only have a 0.8 percent contribution to a reduction in brain volume. However, it is one of the greatest controllable factors in preventing brain damage. Topiwala told CNN, “As we have yet to find a ‘cure’ for neurodegenerative diseases like dementia, knowing about factors that can prevent brain harm is important for public health.” Conclusively, the study suggests that it is better to not drink at all.  

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