A new study carried out in the US has found that heavy drinking can shrink brains. Here are a few facts about the study.
People who have been drinking heavily for longer periods have smaller brain volumes than those who have recently joined the group of heavy drinkers.
For the study, people were divided into three groups: non-drinkers, former drinkers, low drinkers (1-7 drinks a week), moderate drinkers (8-14 drinks a week) and heavy drinkers (more than 14 drinks a week).
Heavy drinking had a greater impact on women's brain volume than it did on men's. Heavy drinking seemed to have a greater effect on women in their 70s.
Anyone who drinks regularly may want to rethink their drinking habits in light of this study. Especially if they are female.