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Feel like your brain is shrinking? It might be

Posted by Martin Finucane May 3, 2007 06:19 PM

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New research from Wellesley College has found that drinking a lot of alcohol over a long period of time may decrease brain volume.

The research was unveiled at the American Academy of Neurology's 59th, which is under way this week in Boston.

Researcher Carol Ann Paul used MRI scans of 1,839 people from the Framingham Offspring study, ages 34 to 88, the academy said in a statement.

"Research has shown that there is a beneficial effect of alcohol in reducing incidence of cardiovascular disease in people who consume low to moderate amounts of alcohol. However, this study found that greater alcohol consumption was negatively correlated with brain volume," Paul said in the statement.

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