Moderate Alcohol Consumption and Brain Health

There seems to be inconsistent advice on the issue of moderate alcohol consumption. The US government defines moderate alcohol consumption  as one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men.  Some studies show that moderate alcohol consumption is postive for heart health but risky for breast cancer and some other types of cancer.  A new study just published in the BMJ points to evidence that even moderate alcohol consumption of 8-12 drinks per week, is correlated to the shrinkage of the hippocampus, a region of our brain responsible for memory and navigation, as well as degeneration of the brain's white matter .  Read the article here.