Too much alcohol can shrink your brain. It can also impair your brain’s ability to clear the accumulation of toxic Alzheimer’s protein called amyloid, which will put you at risk for becoming demented.
Drinking one or two glasses of alcoholic beverages (maximum of one per day for women and two per day for men) can have some anti-inflammatory benefits for the brain and the heart. You should only consider drinking 1-2 glasses daily if you already exercise at least 45 minutes 4 times a week, sleep well 8 hours a night, have a low stress lifestyle, and keep challenging your brain on a daily basis. If you are not doing these things, then you should limit your drinking to social occasions on weekends only.
If already have memory problems, you should not drink even one drop of alcohol. It will expedite the rate of your memory loss with aging.
Majid Fotuhi, MD PhD
June 7th, 2018