to mull over: New technology reveals how excessive drinking
causes lasting damage to your brain.
studies using brain scans show chronic heavy drinking causes
shrinking of the brainís frontal cortex ó the home of
higher-order thinking skills. Brain scans also reveal reduced
white matter, which controls inhibitions, according to the
National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
upshot: the longer and more a person drinks, the worse his or
her ability to make judgments and control impulses.
NIAAA notes that some of the damage can be reversed with
sobriety, but other changes appear to be permanent.
is too much alcohol? The risk of developing serious health
issues related to drinking is low for men who consume no more
than 14 drinks a week or four on a single day, the NIAAA says.
For women, the danger is low if you have no more than seven
drinks a week or three on a given day.