A new study led by University of Oxford scientists has actually found that alcohol consumption, even at moderate levels, is related to increased threat of negative brain results including hippocampal atrophy– a kind of brain damage that impacts memory and spatial navigation. The research study was released online in the journal BMJ on June 6, 2017.
“Alcohol use is widespread and increasing across the developed world. It has historically been viewed as harmless in moderation, defined variably from 9-18 units (72-144 g) a week,” said lead author Dr. Anya Topiwala, a clinical lecturer in psychiatry at the University of Oxford, and co-authors.
The study shows that while persistent dependent drinking is connected with Korsakoff syndrome and alcoholic dementia, the long term results of non-dependent alcohol usage on the brain are improperly understood.