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 TOO MUCH ALCOHOL SHRINKS YOUR BRAIN

You don't have to drink every day to put yourself at risk for brain shrinkage that starts as subtle memory loss, leading over years to early-onset dementia. Three or four drinks most days or bingeing a couple of times a week is enough to cause irreversible damage. The damage is small at first but it slowly accumulates over years. There is some evidence that a small glass of red wine daily could benefit brain health, but the benefit is not profound and most people do not stop at one small glass. My advice would be that it's much better to steer clear of drinking. This is a serious issue - a person who wants to live a long and healthy life needs to have the strength to resist drinking too much.

*Dr Bryce Vissel, neuroscientist and head of the Neurodegeneration Research Laboratory at Sydney's Garvan Institute of Medical Research

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