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Can drinking too much alcohol shrink the brain?
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Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Chronic alcohol abuse can cause atrophy or shrinage of the brain.
Imaging studies such as ct scan of the brain can show enlargment of the ventricles and sulci which are "empty" fluid filled areas of the brain and correspond with shrinkage of healthy brain tissue. Animal studies of rodents exposed to chronic alcohol show loss of neurons or brain cells in parts of the brain.

In brief: Yes
Chronic alcohol abuse can cause atrophy or shrinage of the brain.
Imaging studies such as ct scan of the brain can show enlargment of the ventricles and sulci which are "empty" fluid filled areas of the brain and correspond with shrinkage of healthy brain tissue. Animal studies of rodents exposed to chronic alcohol show loss of neurons or brain cells in parts of the brain.
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Dr. Jeff Blixt
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Dr. Ravi Srivastava
Addiction Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Alcohol has been clearly known to show brain shrinkage in MRI studies.

In brief: Yes
Alcohol has been clearly known to show brain shrinkage in MRI studies.
Dr. Ravi Srivastava
Dr. Ravi Srivastava
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