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16 September 2011

Drinking damages your brain

Researchers already know that chronic misuse of alcohol can cause widespread damage to the brain.

Researchers already know that chronic misuse of alcohol can cause widespread damage to the brain. While previous studies examined cortical atrophy in individuals with alcoholism, none examined alcohol-associated atrophy using cortical thickness measurements to obtain a regional mapping of tissue loss across the full cortical surface.

"We now know that alcohol has wide-ranging effects across the entire cortex and in structures of the brain that contribute to a wide range of psychological abilities and intellectual functions.

 
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