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The Effects Of Chronic Heavy Drinking On Brain Function Are Under diagnosed

Read the Full Article – The Effects of Chronic Heavy Drinking on Brain Function are Underdiagnosed by Melinda Beck | December 21, 2015

Here’s a sobering thought for the holidays” Chronic heavy drinking can cause insidious damage to the brain, even in people who never seem intoxicated or obviously addicted.

Experts say alcohol-related brain damage is underdiagnosed and often confused with Alzheimer’s disease, other forms of dementia or just getting older.

Now, brain imaging is revealing how long- term alcohol abuse can change the structure of the brain, shrinking gray-matter cells in areas that govern learning, memory, decision-making and social behavior, as well as damaging white-matter fibers that connect one part of the brain with others.