One of the largest studies ever conducted on the long-term effects of alcohol consumption suggests that heavy drinking is linked to significant cognitive decline in middle-aged men. The brains of women, however, seem to be protected against this toxic effect for reasons that aren’t clear.
There are differences in how the sexes metabolize alcohol
Call or Text us for an Introductory NeuroFeedback Session in Our Kitsilano, Vancouver, BC Location. 604-785-1709 www.no-stress-success.comCognitive decline in the study was defined in two ways: a decrease in executive function (the brain’s processing speed and efficiency), and deterioration in memory.Researchers analyzed data from the Whitehall II cohort study, which began in the mid-1980s with roughly 10,000 British civil servants who agreed to complete lifestyle questionnaires and undergo a physical exam at specified times during a nearly 20-year span. The study design allowed researchers to track effects of lifestyle choices, including drinking alcohol, over extended periods of time.The study found that middle-aged men (average age 56) who drank 36 grams, the equivalent of about 1.2 fluid ounces, or more of alcohol a day for 10 years experienced greater memory loss and slowing of executive function as compared to “occasional” or “moderate” drinkers who consumed between .03 and 1.1 ounces a day.
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