A recent study concludes that moderate alcohol consumption is linked to a risk of faster decline in brain health and mental function. Alcohol consumption is a recognized global public health issue. About 5 percent of the global burden of disease and injury is attributable to alcohol. Here are two possible health conditions which we must be aware of:
* Higher risk of hippocampal atrophy: In a span of 30 years, if alchohol is consumed on a daily basis, its thus linked to a higher risk of atrophy or tissue degeneration in the hippocampus, which is a part of the brain that is crucial for spatial orientation as well as memory retention.
* Higher risk of atrophy: Alchohol intake greater than 30 units per week had the highest risk of hippocampal atrophy (as expected), which can lead to the decline in the grey matter in the brain as well as speech (forming of words into sentences).