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Is Moderate Drinking Good For You?

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"Background and Purpose--Although the risks associated with heavy drinking for increased stroke and 'deterioration of the brain] are well established, the effects on the brain of low to moderate alcohol intake are unclear. Subclinical 'brain] abnormalities identified on MRI* have been associated with 'mental awareness] decline and ...stroke. We examined the associations of alcohol intake with MRI-defined cerebral abnormalities in a middle-aged 'group.]...

"Conclusions--A protective effect of low to moderate alcohol intake on 'blockage of brain blood flow] was not found; moreover, increased alcohol intake was associated with brain atrophy." Emphasis added.

*Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

Is Moderate Drinking Good For You? Bibliography

Stroke (pub. by Amer. Heart Assn.), vol. 16, 2004. By: Ding, Eigenbrodt, Mosley, Harris, Nieto., et al., Div. of Epid., Johns Hopkins U., Balti., Md.; Dept. of Epid., U. of Ark. College of Public Health, Little Rock; Dept. of Med., U. of Miss. Med. Ctr., Jackson; Div. of Epid., School of Pub. Health, U. of Minn., Minneapolis; Lab. of Epid., Demography, and Biometry, Nat. Inst. on Aging, Bethesda, MD.; Dept. of Pop. on Health Sciences, U. of  Wis. Med. School, Madison.

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