Brain Atrophy and Alcoholism

Along with a great deal of medical information regarding the effects of chemical substances detrimental to the brain we are faced with the recognition that alcohol has occurred the highest proven status in the category along with a growing list of drugs still under investigation.

Evidence of the power of alcohol is before us all in society as we witness the altered changes in behavior towards aggression and not only temporary damage to our youth, but long term and the possibility of considerable irreversible damage to their brains. The destructive influence of alcohol upon personality and behavior has become evident in all alcoholics, but only recently has the extent of damage to the brain itself become clear as scientific medical evidence reveals.

A Report on 'Brain atrophy and intellectual impairment in heavy drinkers' by LA Cala, B. Jones, FL Mastaglia and B. Wiley of Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Queen Elizabeth II Medical Center, Nedlands, Western Australia indications the following …

"We have found a high frequency of cerebral and cerebellar atrophy and dysfunction in a group of reliably young habitual heavy drinkers. alcoholic and the majority regarded themselves as nothing more than 'heavy social drinkers'. "

It is not too difficult for those of the public who are concerned about this social issue and the resultant personal tragedies that are associated with the habit of drinking alcohol, to refer alcohol consumption to later development of Alzheimer's and other symptoms of senility that share the shrinkage Egypt atrophy of the brain.

We must then relate the desire to remain free of such mental disease as associated with a need to reject alcohol from our lifestyle. Unlike some countries where to consume alcohol constituents a major offense and acts sometimes the death penalty, here in Australia as in many western countries, it is left to the individual. We must undertake our own personal complaints in relation to health matters.

Knowledge is the only way any of us can intelligently choose our actions in life. If we choose to drink alcohol we must know the consequences. And still, we should choose to continue to drink we must be willing to face a future that involves a loss of self control, loss of not only a healthy heart but a healthy brain and the burden of a great deal of suffering given to our loved ones.