Consuming alcoholic beverages is no longer a taboo. The consumption of alcohol, once put to the sedan, is today a more than cleared use, especially among the youngest. If banning the drinking ritual altogether is certainly wrong, it is just as wrong to do it excessively, unaware of the consequences. The studies reported by the Veronesi Foundation warn us of a new danger, for some, but on which it is important to dwell. The studies cited have shown that drinking alcohol at certain stages of life can actually be a problem. That’s when drinking alcohol can be a great danger to our brain health, without us realizing it. Ethanol, abundantly contained in alcoholic substances, in some cases can have permanent harmful effects on the most important organs of our organism. Let’s see when.
Here’s when drinking alcohol can be a great danger to our brain health
According to the researchers, there are three moments in life when it is most not recommended to drink alcohol: adolescence, pregnancy and old age.
On the destructive effects of alcohol during adolescence, the experts of the British Medical Journal. Brain development completes around age 25. Which is why, all alcohol ingested before that age leaves a mark on how brain formation occurs. The disturbing data, always reported in the columns of the British Medical Journal, is that about 1 in 5 teenagers are used to excessive drinking. Trend that is absolutely worrying. The damage caused by this habit can be found through magnetic resonance imaging, located in the areas of the brain dedicated to memory and orientation. This damage is almost always irreversible.
In case of pregnancy, the problem weighs on the fetus. A pregnant woman who drinks heavily puts her child at risk for fetal alcohol syndrome. This syndrome leads to impaired brain development in the child, with severe behavioral and motor consequences.
The third age is also in danger
Even for those over 65, the risk of causing damage to the brain by drinking alcohol is significant. The problem is that after the age of 65 the functionality of some enzymes is reduced. For example, that of alcohol dehydrogenase, the enzyme responsible for the synthesis of alcohol. The suggested amount of alcohol in this age group is 12 grams of alcohol per day. Going further increases the risk of developing neurodegenerative diseases. Moral: drink in moderation, sometimes more than others.
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