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Alcohol Goes To The Brain In 6 Minutes

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Alcohol Goes To The Brain In 6 Minutes

Scientists have for the first time, proved that alcohol affects the brain within 6 minutes.

For the first time, scientists have proved that one drink can indeed ‘go straight to your head.’

Researchers from the Heidelberg University Hospital in Germany said that although it’s long been known that alcohol affects the brain quickly, they wanted to find out exactly how rapid the effect was.

Until now previous tests on how alcohol affects the brain have only been done on animals.The new study which involved 13 participants, revealed that after just 6 minutes of consuming and amount of alcohol, changes had already taken place in the brain.

The 13 volunteers, eight male and seven female, were instructed to drink a specified amount of alcohol through a 90cm-long straw while lying in a MRI scanner.

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Readings were taken until the participant’s reached a blood alcohol content of 0.05 to 0.06 percent ( roughly equal to three glasses of beer or two glasses of wine) – a level that impairs ability to drive but does not typically induce sever intoxication.

Dr Armin Biller, a neurologist at the hospital, explained that chemical substances which normally protect brain cells are reduced as the concentration of alcohol increases. Other brain functions were also disabled as more alcohol was consumed.

The study also showed that men’s and women’s brains reacted to alcohol consumption the same way.

The team found these harmful effects of alcohol on the brain may be short-lived, but over time it took cells longer to repair themselves.

Dr Tiller said:

“Our follow-ups on the next day showed that the shifts in brain metabolites after moderate consumption of alcohol by healthy persons are completely reversible…

“However, we assume that the brain’s ability to recover from the effect of alcohol decreases or is eliminated as the consumption of alcohol increases…

“The acute effects demonstrated in our study could possibly form the basis for the permanent brain damage that is known to occur in alcoholics. This should be clarified in future studies.”

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