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Brain Damage and Alcohol Consumption

Brain damage is a common and potentially severe consequence of long-term, heavy alcohol consumption. Even mild-to-moderate drinking can adversely affect cognitive functioning.
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Binge Drinking Affects Brain, Memory
Young people who binge drink could be risking serious damage to their brains now and increasing memory loss later in adulthood, according to research.

Images of Brain Damage
New innovations in imaging technology have helped alcohol researchers study how alcohol damages internal organs, such as the brain and the liver.

Female Drinking and Brain Damage
The latest studies show that females, even young women, face more brain damage than men who drink the same amount for the same period of time.

Are Alcohol Blackouts Real?
Drinking too much alcohol doesn't kill brain cells, but it interferes with the brain's ability to learn and form new memories.

Youth Drinking Affects Brain Size
An examination of adolescents and young adults with alcohol-use disorders has found that a smaller prefrontal cortex is associated with early-onset drinking.

Cause of Brain Shrinkage in Alcoholics Studied
Scientists are studying the many mechanisms underlying alcohol's damage to the brain, with the ultimate goal of identifying how to prevent and reverse these effects.

Will Alcoholics' Brains Recover Once They Quit Drinking?
Answers to frequently asked questions about alcoholism and substance abuse.

Lack of Histamine Can Prompt Anxiety, Alcholism
Researchers have found that decreased levels of brain histamine may also result in higher levels of anxiety which may, in turn, confer vulnerability to alcoholism.

Smoking Compounds Alcohol-Induced Brain Damage
Brain imaging studies have found that cigarette smoking can both exacerbate alcohol-induced damage as well as independently cause brain damage.

Alcohol Effects Last Long Into Sobriety
A new study has found that, even with prolonged sobriety, alcoholics show deficits in visuoperception and frontal executive functioning of the brain.

Brain Cells Rebound With Alcohol Abstinence
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill scientists have reported - for the first time - a burst in new brain cell development during abstinence from chronic alcohol consumption.

Cognitive Functioning Falters in Early Sobriety
Clinicians treating newly recovering alcohol abuse patients should assess the patients' "executive" cognitive functioning prior to the start of treatment and adjust treatment protocols in accordance with those capabilities, according to researchers at Duke University Medical Center.

Alcohol’s Effects on Brain Structure and Function
Results of autopsy studies show that patients with a history of chronic alcohol consumption have smaller, lighter, more shrunken brains than nonalcoholic adults of the same age and gender.

Alcohol Compounds Its Damage to the Brain
A compounded set of lesions caused to the brain by drinking alcohol may work together to disadvantage both types of functions according to research at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Alcohol and Cognition
When health professionals encounter patients who are having cognitive difficulties, such as impaired memory or reasoning ability, alcohol use may be the cause.

Cognitive Impairment and Recovery
Even mild-to-moderate drinking can adversely affect cognitive functioning -- mental activities that involve acquiring, storing, retrieving, and using information.

Losing Brain Function
A research study has found that the alcohol-damaged brain appears to compensate for alcohol-induced damage by "recruiting" other, unexpected brain regions, up to a point.

Moderate Alcohol Consumption Linked to Brain Shrinkage
A study by researchers found a link between low to moderate alcohol consumption and a decrease in the brain size of middle-aged adults. Brain atrophy is associated with impaired cognition and motor functions.

Heavy Social Drinkers Face Brain Damage
A new study has found that heavy drinkers have clear brain metabolite changes that are associated with lower brain function and are likely of behavioral significance.

Brain Protein That Causes Intoxication Found
Scientists have identified a single brain protein that can account for most of the intoxicating effects of alcohol. The finding could lead to medication targeted at specific molecular stem.

Alcohol Consumption Can Damage Hearing
Scientists have discovered the damage that cumulative, life-long alcohol consumption can inflict on central auditory pathways, which is reflected as hearing loss.

Study Expands Understanding of Korsakoff's Syndrome
New research finds that deficiencies in the hippocampus play a key role in alcoholism-related Korsakoff's syndrome, a memory disorder. The deficiencies are comparable to those found in the brains of Alzheimer's disease.

Drugs May Cause Similar Brain Changes
Certain drugs of addiction and stress appear to produce similar changes on dopamine signaling, which may play a role in addiction. This also may contribute to the effects of stress on drug seeking and relapse.

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