A 17-year-old male asked:

Does alcohol affect a person's brain or body permanently ? i mean if he stops drinking , will he be harmed ?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Aaron Ament
60 years experience
DEPENDS: Alcoholism destroys nerve cells (brain). Lots of drinking destroys lots of cells. Many cells lost = greater reduction of function (intellect, etc). That's pretty permanent. Moderation (small amounts) seems okay.
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