Brain Development and Drinking Alcohol

by David J. Hanson, Ph. D.

Some people argue that no one should ever drink so long as their brain is developing. If that were true, no one would ever drink any alcoholic beverage. The human brain doesn’t stop developing at age 21 as alcohol activists often proclaim but it continues to develop and change throughout life.

Research indicates that moderate drinking helps maintain a well-functioning brain into old age. For example:

And the list goes on.

Beer, wine and liquor or distilled spirits have repeatedly been found to be equally effective in maintaining healthy brain functions.

Of course heavy drinking can cause serious health and other problems. The key is moderation.

 

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