Drinking a few glasses of wine was ok for many years but this is a myth now. A latest Rutgers University study indicates that there is a fine line between moderate and binge drinking a risky behavior that can decrease the making of adult brain cells by as much as 40 percent.
Research was conducted by Megan Anderson, a graduate student working with Tracey J. Shors, Professor II in Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience in the Department of Psychology, reported that moderate to binge drinking – drinking less during the week and more on the weekends – significantly reduces the structural integrity of the adult brain. According to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, men who drink 14 drinks a week and women who drink seven are considered at-risk drinkers.
Although college students commonly binge drink, according to the institute, 70 percent of binge drinking episodes involved adults age 26 and older. “This research indicates that social or daily drinking may be more harmful to brain health than what is now believed by the general public,” she said.