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Alcohol ‘more damaging to brain health than marijuana’

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Researchers say that alcohol causes more damage to the brain than marijuana does.

With marijuana legalization on the rise, an increasing number of studies are exploring the drug’s potential harms and benefits. However, a new study suggests that when it comes to brain health, alcohol is more damaging.

Scientists at the University of Colorado Boulder conducted a review of existing imaging data that looked at the effects of alcohol and marijuana, or cannabis, on the brain.

Their findings linked alcohol consumption with long-term changes to the structure of white matter and gray matter in the brain.

The use of marijuana, however, seemed to have no significant long-term effects on brain structure.

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How much influence does alcohol have on female fertility?

How much influence does alcohol have on female fertility
How much influence does alcohol have on female fertility
Although abstinence from alcohol is widely recommended when trying to become pregnant, its exact implications for a woman’s fertility are not known. A new study published in The BMJ charts the interaction in new detail.

An estimated 24 percent of couples in developed countries take more than 12 months to conceive.

Because drinking alcohol is a pervasive part of modern life, its impact on fertility is of great interest.

An estimated 18.2 percent of American women aged 18-44 engage in binge drinking (more than four drinks in one sitting), three times per month.

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10 health risks of chronic heavy drinking

 

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Drinking too much alcohol on a regular basis is harmful to your health. Alcohol is a drug that affects every body system, though the detrimental effects vary for each individual.

The volume of alcohol consumed, genetics, gender, body mass, and general state of health all influence how a person’s health responds to chronic heavy drinking.

When the body takes in more alcohol than it can metabolize, the excess builds up in the bloodstream. The heart circulates the blood alcohol throughout the body, leading to changes in chemistry and normal body functions. Continue reading 10 health risks of chronic heavy drinking