From the Glass to the Brain in Six Minutes

Don’t let it go to your head.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/06/090615144339.htm

Scientists is Heidelberg discovered that alcohol affects brain cells six minutes after consumption.  The “subjects” consumed an amount of alcohol equivalent to three glasses of beer or two glasses of wine, leading to a blood alcohol level of 0.05 to 0.06 percent.

The harmful effect also sets in quickly. During the experiment, the concentration of substances such as creatine (energy metabolism), which are attributed with protecting cells, decreases as the concentration of alcohol increases. Choline, a component of cell membranes, was also reduced. “That probably indicates that alcohol triggers changes in the composition of cell membranes,” says Dr. Armin Biller.

Is all consumption of alcohol harmful for the brain? “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,” says Dr. Armin Biller. “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.”

This study also found no differences between the results of male and female individuals – the brains of female and male subjects reacted to alcohol consumption the same way.

My opinion?  Well — without getting too personal — I support the study’s findings.  Alcohol hits a lightweight like me fairly quick.  LOL.