Ever feel like your brain is shrinking? Probably not, but it could be happening according to a study by Boston University. If you drink alcohol, the study found that it can actually reduce the size of your brain! The study was trying to see if moderate amounts of alcohol protected the brain from developing dementia, but found that even moderate alcohol consumption caused brain shrinkage and offered no protection against brain deterioration.
If you think you may drink this weekend, feed your brain first and try to keep it safe. Try having a meal before you begin drinking or while you are drinking. Alternate your drinks with water or other non-alcoholic drink. Spend time talking to friends or venting about that awful exam from earlier this week. You'll enjoy the night more and keep a bigger brain for next week's big paper.
UPDATE: Due to some feedback, we want to clarify the results of the study for those that did not click on the link. The BU study found that brain shrinkage did occur in those who chose to drink, with smaller brain volume in heavier drinkers and larger brain volume in abstainers.
While use of alcohol can effect the brain's functioning, the actual size or volume of one's brain has not been linked to more or less functioning in the brain. The researchers continue to see if the volume of a person's brain has any implications for functioning.