Recent studies have shown that excessive alcohol use leads to changes in the brain, including shrinkage and changes to white matter. This break down has lead to deficits in visual learning and memory-- which could be a serious issue come exam time and down the road as careers are being made.
So if you choose to drink, but don't want to cause damage to your prized possession try staying in the Blue Zone. This means doing things like sticking to one drink an hour, alternating water for every alcoholic drink, and staying within your limits. Doing these things can reduce the chances of damaging the brain and can also increase the enjoyment in drinking. (See the BAC charts below for Blue Zone information).
Slow down and enjoy the moment-- avoid rushing through it or you'll miss it.