I was reminded recently about brain health and the link to alcohol.
This particular person I know has various behaviour and brain health challenges.
The gorilla in the room (and like most people won’t admit it) is that they have been drinking too much for decades.
What is too much? Good question, well that depends on how much you want to thrive as well as whether or not longevity matters to you.
Even small amounts of alcohol consumption has negative effects on the brain but routine consumption can actually shrink parts of the brain.
The neocortex, white matter as well as the neurons in the grey matter are affected quite significantly in heavier drinkers.
Enough research now suggests that the likelihood of dementia increases when consuming alcohol over a long period of time and some of us are more susceptible to it depending on our genotype.
Just because many drink and it’s now socially normal to do so regularly, it doesn’t discount the fact that alcohol is a poison and here’s the definition of a poison:
‘substance that is capable of causing the illness or death of a living organism when introduced or absorbed.’
The odd high quality drink like tequila or glass of red is of course unlikely to cause problems but being mindful of brain health and your future is essential if you want to thrive in this life.