Tags: alcohol abuse, Alcoholism, body toxic, brain cells, brain damage, Laboratory studies, memory loss, metabolism, poor memory, Supplement, thiamin, vital nutrients, Wernicke-Korsakoff syndromeTopic: Supplement|
The unsteady gait, confusion, and poor memory that many of us associate with someone who drinks excessively are also symptoms of brain damage caused by long-term alcohol abuse. Alcohol not only affects the brain indirectly by impairing absorption of vital nutrients, but it’s directly toxic to the brain as well.
Studies using brain imaging have consistently found that alcoholic men and women have greater brain shrinkage than non-alcoholics. The cerebellum, the part of the brain responsible for coordination and some forms of learning, seems to be especially vulnerable to alcohol. The cerebellum is also affected by the body’s stores of thiamin, which regulates the metabolism of brain cells. Read the rest of this entry »