A drink that damages the brain.
Alcohol drinking is linked to physical diseases. In most cases, the liver is the most affected organ due to excessive alcohol intake.
In 2015, 78,529 people died due to liver diseases. And 27 percent of the death was attributable to alcohol drinking.
In the latest data, the number of people who engaged in binge alcohol drinking is 26.9% in the American population alone. They are 18 years old and above. No wonder why alcohol is one of the biggest business in the world.
However, recent studies suggest that the effect of alcohol is not limited to lower internal organs. It also affects the brain.
For instance, the study of Dr. Anita Cservenka suggests that binge alcohol drinking damages the brain. The effect is more evident and severe among adolescents. This is one of the pieces of evidence that strengthens the argument that alcohol is a drink that damages the brain.
The researchers found that alcohol drinking was associated with the brain deterioration in areas involve in awareness, consciousness, attention, memory, and language.
This may be the reason why some of the heavy alcohol drinkers find difficulties in learning new language or words.
In addition, the common perception that a moderate alcohol intake is healthy was found to be wrong. In short, any amount of alcohol intake may be harmful to the brain.
The young people are the most affected. Adolescents are more vulnerable to the effect of alcohol. Why?
The primary author of the study, Dr. Anita Cservenka has the answer:
“Adolescence is a time when the brain still matures including not only biological development but also maturation of psychological behaviors.”
However, despite the danger, alcohol is still available and legal in the market. Thus, parents and professionals should take appropriate actions to prevent young people from being caught by this trap.
Dr. Cservenka added:
“Given the increase of binge and heavy drinking in young people, understanding the effects of consuming large quantities of alcohol on neural development and the impact on cognitive skills is very important.”
Because adolescents are the most affected and susceptible, it may be reasonable to suggest that, if possible, alcohol production should be regulated.
Parents should also educate their children on the possible outcome of alcohol intake. Alcohol is a drink that damages the brain. So stop drinking. Prevention is still the best practice.
I’m a licensed psychometrician, author, and blogger. I’m currently working as a University instructor teaching psychology. I love writing and doing psychological research.