Alcohol shrinks brain & no stroke benefits

Alcohol shrinks brain & no stroke benefits

Post by Sydne » Sun, 07 Dec 2003 16:14:16



*** shrinks brain & no stroke benefits

An interesting study found that low to moderate drinking may cause a loss of
brain tissue in middle-age people. The researchers also found that such
*** consumption does not lower the risk of a stroke, contradicting
findings from previous studies:

http://www.FoundCollection.com/

So much for my daily glass of wine. :-(

-- Sydney

 
 
 

Alcohol shrinks brain & no stroke benefits

Post by Rainer ilgman » Sun, 07 Dec 2003 18:38:42



Quote:

> *** shrinks brain & no stroke benefits

> So much for my daily glass of wine. :-(

Wait. "They" say.
Me, myself and I say: No, it does not shrink my brain.
And even in the case it would: forget about it.
Life is life and worth to live with a good amount of spirits.
In my mind and in my brain.
Cheers.
Ri

 
 
 

Alcohol shrinks brain & no stroke benefits

Post by liste.. » Sun, 07 Dec 2003 23:34:31




Quote:
>*** shrinks brain & no stroke benefits

>An interesting study found that low to moderate drinking may cause a loss of
>brain tissue in middle-age people. The researchers also found that such
>*** consumption does not lower the risk of a stroke, contradicting
>findings from previous studies:

>http://www.FoundCollection.com/

>So much for my daily glass of wine. :-(

>-- Sydney

" Ding said researchers cannot make a definitive cause-and-effect link
between drinking and brain atrophy because the MRIs were done only
once during the study and because they found only a small reduction in
tissue."

Clink!

 
 
 

Alcohol shrinks brain & no stroke benefits

Post by Romahaw » Mon, 08 Dec 2003 01:31:26


I guess it depends on who's study you believe. I read one the said an aspirin a day helps prevent or control heart disease and stroke. I read another that says *** in moderation ( 1 to 2 drinks) intensifies the effect of aspirin by as much as 10 times. So I guess one could say if you take an aspirin a day and have one or two small glasses of wine in the evening you are ten times less likely to have a stroke or heart attack than someone who only takes the aspirin. Hmmmm then again you are increasing the chance of internal bleeding by ten times so if that bleeding occurs in the brain maybe it's not such a good idea. Damn I have to go back and see if I can't find a study more to my liking. :-)

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Alcohol shrinks brain & no stroke benefits

Post by Darkginge » Mon, 08 Dec 2003 02:00:32



Quote:
> I guess it depends on who's study you believe. I read one the said an

aspirin a day helps prevent or control heart disease and stroke. I read
another that says *** in moderation ( 1 to 2 drinks) intensifies the
effect of aspirin by as much as 10 times. So I guess one could say if you
take an aspirin a day and have one or two small glasses of wine in the
evening you are ten times less likely to have a stroke or heart attack than
someone who only takes the aspirin. Hmmmm then again you are increasing the
chance of internal bleeding by ten times so if that bleeding occurs in the
brain maybe it's not such a good idea. Damn I have to go back and see if I
can't find a study more to my liking. :-)

I would have liked to write a meaningful reply to this thread, but as my
brain is now approximately the size of a pea, I can't!

Jo

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Alcohol shrinks brain & no stroke benefits

Post by Tomm » Mon, 08 Dec 2003 06:08:48


Something that is interesting about the science and medical field
especially in the academic departments is the publish or perish clause.  
Many things that are published is just to "save their job" and are
really useless.  Any study that been done with such few MRI tests is
purly usless,there are not enough data points to make any claim.  Enjoy
your brews is my view.\\
Quote:

>>*** shrinks brain & no stroke benefits

>>An interesting study found that low to moderate drinking may cause a
>>loss of brain tissue in middle-age people. The researchers also found
>>that such *** consumption does not lower the risk of a stroke,
>>contradicting findings from previous studies:

>>http://www.FoundCollection.com/

>>So much for my daily glass of wine. :-(

>>-- Sydney

> " Ding said researchers cannot make a definitive cause-and-effect link
> between drinking and brain atrophy because the MRIs were done only
> once during the study and because they found only a small reduction in
> tissue."

> Clink!

 
 
 

Alcohol shrinks brain & no stroke benefits

Post by Ki » Mon, 08 Dec 2003 07:58:16


Quote:

> *** shrinks brain & no stroke benefits

> An interesting study found that low to moderate drinking may cause a loss of
> brain tissue in middle-age people. The researchers also found that such
> *** consumption does not lower the risk of a stroke, contradicting
> findings from previous studies:

> http://www.FoundCollection.com/

> So much for my daily glass of wine. :-(

> -- Sydney
>An interesting study found that low to moderate drinking may cause a
loss of
> brain tissue in middle-age people.

Since they didn't address moderate to heavy consumption, I guess I'll
pick up the pace a bit.
 
 
 

Alcohol shrinks brain & no stroke benefits

Post by justanother.. » Mon, 08 Dec 2003 08:06:37


Well, you know how "THEY" also used to say you only use 10% of your
brain, anyway?  I always figured (hoped?) that the brain cells I was
killing by drinking were the ones I wasn't using anyway, so my percent
is actually INCREASING as the years progress, since I'm killing off all
those free-loading brain cells.
 
 
 

Alcohol shrinks brain & no stroke benefits

Post by Greg Coo » Mon, 08 Dec 2003 10:40:12


On 12/6/03 3:08 PM, in article

Quote:

> Something that is interesting about the science and medical field
> especially in the academic departments is the publish or perish clause.
> Many things that are published is just to "save their job" and are
> really useless.  Any study that been done with such few MRI tests is
> purly usless,there are not enough data points to make any claim.  Enjoy
> your brews is my view.

I find this statement to be a bit ignorant and uninformed. Publish or Perish
does not necessarily mean that many published science articles are junk.
Legitimate scientific journals require usually three or more independent
reviewers to evaluate the validity and importance of the work before it is
published. The higher profile journals tend to be even more stringent in
these requirements. To say the science is useless, especially without
reading the paper yourself, is unfair. Most "useless" science is weeded out
in the review process and never sees the light of ink.

Please note that the AUTHORS of the paper did not claim there was a direct
causal relationship. They simply presented their data for the community. It
seems to me it is the news media that has splashed these headlines around.
And, it was not a "few MRI tests" that are the basis of this paper. They had
almost 2000 MRI's which is pretty significant statistically. The fact that
they only had one MRI per patient, and no information on progression over
time, led them to appropriately not make a causal claim. They only claim
that there is a positive association of *** intake and brain atrophy.
This does not imply cause, just that they found them together.

If you are interested, here is a link to the abstract for this manuscript:

http://www.FoundCollection.com/
Ev1?maxtoshow=&HITS=10&hits=10&RESULTFORMAT=&author1=Ding&searchid=107076089
9112_2443&stored_search=&FIRSTINDEX=0&search_url=http%3A%2F%2Fstroke.ahajour
nals.org%2Fcgi%2Fsearch&journalcode=strokeaha

I don't mean to pick on you or anything, but as an academic scientist, I
felt compelled to respond to your statements and try to provide some
balance.

--
Greg Cook
http://www.FoundCollection.com/

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Alcohol shrinks brain & no stroke benefits

Post by Log » Mon, 08 Dec 2003 12:33:55



Quote:


> >*** shrinks brain & no stroke benefits

> >An interesting study found that low to moderate drinking may cause a loss
of
> >brain tissue in middle-age people. The researchers also found that such
> >*** consumption does not lower the risk of a stroke, contradicting
> >findings from previous studies:

> >http://www.FoundCollection.com/

> >So much for my daily glass of wine. :-(

> >-- Sydney

> " Ding said researchers cannot make a definitive cause-and-effect link
> between drinking and brain atrophy because the MRIs were done only
> once during the study and because they found only a small reduction in
> tissue."

> Clink!

Also, don't forget the study relied on self-reporting about ***
consumption. That's a huge limitation considering how likely it is heavy
drinkers lie and understate their consumption. And obviously, no causal link
was made. So, was drinking the cause or result? What other confounding
factors are there?

I wouldn't toss the study for these reasons. Like most research it provides
a clue, a piece to the puzzle. With enough studies on a subject a clear idea
usually begins to develop, but it takes time.

 
 
 

Alcohol shrinks brain & no stroke benefits

Post by Richard Kova » Mon, 08 Dec 2003 15:57:52


Hear Hear!  I like to consider it strategic pruning :-)

Richard

Quote:

> Well, you know how "THEY" also used to say you only use 10% of your
> brain, anyway?  I always figured (hoped?) that the brain cells I was
> killing by drinking were the ones I wasn't using anyway, so my percent
> is actually INCREASING as the years progress, since I'm killing off all
> those free-loading brain cells.

 
 
 

Alcohol shrinks brain & no stroke benefits

Post by Paul S. Remingt » Wed, 10 Dec 2003 01:51:24


*** is said to do the same thing.

It's commonly accepted that stimulating the brain with cognitive tasks
helps build neural pathways that increase brain mass.  The reverse is
also true; living a sedentary existence and not stimulating the brain
results in a lack of neural development.  This is why the elderly are
encouraged to do crossword puzzles and other "thinking" tasks; it
helps keep their mind sharp.

*** and *** both have a relaxing effect.  ***'s a
stimulant prior to being a depressant.  Most who partake in these
*** don't do so with the intent of tackling brain-stimulating tasks.
 These are usually "social" ***, although some people use them as a
sedative and their brains are not exercised when "under the
influence."

So, in this study, is the loss of brain tissue a result of ***
consumption or is it a combination of other things?  Perhaps each
person's lifestyle in tandem with *** consumption contributed to
the loss of brain tissue.

Interesting topic where is the study published?

-Paul

Quote:

> *** shrinks brain & no stroke benefits

> An interesting study found that low to moderate drinking may cause a loss of
> brain tissue in middle-age people. The researchers also found that such
> *** consumption does not lower the risk of a stroke, contradicting
> findings from previous studies:

> http://www.FoundCollection.com/

> So much for my daily glass of wine. :-(

> -- Sydney

 
 
 

Alcohol shrinks brain & no stroke benefits

Post by Paul S. Remingt » Wed, 10 Dec 2003 02:15:44


It's quite possible you really aren't using the brain cells you're
killing, as you stated.  I have MS and my brain MRIs show spots like
landmines where my immune system has attacked my brain.
Interestingly, all the areas that are scarred are areas I'm not using.
 So, I notice nothing in terms of physical/mental abnormality.  ('cept
the loss of my left eye... it attacked my optic nerve.)

With this study, I'd have to ask my neurologist about the area of the
brain that's being affected.  Is it really a volatile area?  Having a
disease like this, you learn that there are many areas of the brain
that can be affected with no discernable repercussions.  But the
reverse is true, too there area areas of the brain that are
incredibly sensitive.

What's interesting is what others noticed; the study makes no claim
that *** causes brain atrophy.  The actual cause of the atrophy
has yet to be determined.

-Paul

Quote:

> Well, you know how "THEY" also used to say you only use 10% of your
> brain, anyway?  I always figured (hoped?) that the brain cells I was
> killing by drinking were the ones I wasn't using anyway, so my percent
> is actually INCREASING as the years progress, since I'm killing off all
> those free-loading brain cells.

 
 
 

Alcohol shrinks brain & no stroke benefits

Post by Ray » Wed, 10 Dec 2003 06:07:42


I don't know how many of you heard the guy interviewed on CNN.  He sounded
like a man on a mission stating that all the prior studies indicating there
are benefits to drinking are bogus and that this is the definitive study
proving what all researchers know already that *** is a poison.  He said
that if you drink 4 glasses of wine a week you are doing serious damage to
your brain.  The guy was downright evangelical.

Ray


Quote:
> *** shrinks brain & no stroke benefits

> An interesting study found that low to moderate drinking may cause a loss
of
> brain tissue in middle-age people. The researchers also found that such
> *** consumption does not lower the risk of a stroke, contradicting
> findings from previous studies:

> http://www.FoundCollection.com/

> So much for my daily glass of wine. :-(

> -- Sydney

 
 
 

Alcohol shrinks brain & no stroke benefits

Post by Paul Brand » Thu, 11 Dec 2003 06:16:41



Quote:

>I don't know how many of you heard the guy interviewed on CNN.  He sounded
>like a man on a mission stating that all the prior studies indicating there
>are benefits to drinking are bogus and that this is the definitive study
>proving what all researchers know already that *** is a poison.  He said
>that if you drink 4 glasses of wine a week you are doing serious damage to
>your brain.  The guy was downright evangelical.

Particularly for a retrospective study with very small effects!

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