Alcohol and the human brain don’t have a healthy relationship.
People who drink heavily undergo alterations in brain structure and size, both of which are associated with cognitive impairments, a new study released on Friday suggests.
Even modest alcohol consumption, which is defined as a few beers or glasses of wine weekly, may also carry risks to the brain.
The study, which was led by a team from the University of Pennsylvania, looked at more than 36,000 adults, found that light-to-moderate alcohol consumption was associated with reductions in overall brain volume.
The links grew stronger the greater the alcohol consumption.