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How Exercise Can Moderate Brain Damage Caused by Drinking

Brain Health

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  • Physical exercise may help protect against some of the brain damage caused by drinking.
  • Among chronic drinkers, those who were the most physically active had less damaged white matter -- the connective "wiring" of your brain's communication system -- in their brains compared to those who were less active.
  • One of the risks of chronic heavy drinking is that it speeds the shrinkage of key regions in your brain; exercise is also useful in this area, as research has shown that people who engaged in the most physical exercise showed the least amount of brain shrinkage.
  • Exercise may also help to lessen cravings for, and dependence on, alcohol, as the rewarding feeling you get from exercise provides you with a suitable alternative to the rewarding feeling you previously got from alcohol.

By Dr. Mercola

It's well known that chronic, heavy drinking damages your brain and actually speeds up the brain shrinkage that occurs with age. This is associated with memory loss, symptoms of dementia and cognitive decline.

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