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Thursday, March 09, 2006

In Excess

I was considering spending less money on alcohol. It was adding up. My mom mentioned an adverse health effect of alcohol consumption about which she recently heard and that prompted me to explore further (but not further than the Internet).

I knew that excessive alcohol consumption could cause Cirrhosis of the liver. My mom, though, some eye-opening depictions of how alcohol consumption shrinks the liver. Apparently, alcohol causes the liver first to enlarge and become fatty, and then to shrink. Additionally, alcohol shrinks the brain, according to some sources. The Sociology Department, State University of New York, Potsdam, Alcohol Problems & Solutions website, on the other hand, seems to suggest that alcohol is good medicine.

I suppose the key is to consume in moderation. Does even one drink, though, have the deleterious effects that these sources suggest, so that, over time, even drinking in moderation will diminish the ability of the brain and the liver to function?

4 Comments:

  • My understanding was that the detrimental effects of alcohol were caused because the body didn't have time to process everything going through it, and sort of poisoned the organs (in very simplistic terms). If that's the case, then one drink should afford the body the chance to process the toxins and get them out before causing any damage.

    Though that's just the guess of a guy whose primary experience in the alcoholic sciences was a year tour in Korea...

    By Blogger Steve, at 5:29 AM, March 09, 2006  

  • You seem like a pretty smart and brainy guy. Drink up!

    By Blogger Ivy the Goober, at 10:06 AM, March 09, 2006  

  • i remain firmly in the camp of "that which does not kill us..." but the whole pocketbook thing, that is a harsh reality. i have been on the wagon for about three weeks now and have saved a great deal of money. granted, i drink like a viking and my bar tabs are never less than $40. still, bouts of purification are good for the body and soul, brain cells, liver cells and skin cells all grow back, and your mom is good for looking out for you! now, back to your whiskey!

    By Blogger Ivar, at 10:26 AM, March 09, 2006  

  • I don't know anyone who ever regretted not drinking. You've only got one liver--give it a break.

    By Blogger English Professor, at 8:29 PM, March 09, 2006  

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