- The Courier-Mail
- July 10, 2007
ALCOHOL may make you act like an idiot temporarily, but Queensland scientists have discovered that it won't damage your brain permanently.
New research to be revealed at a conference of some of the world's top neuroscientists in Cairns today has found booze does not kill off brain cells as previously thought.
Queensland Brain Institute director Professor Perry Bartlett said there was no evidence the consumption of alcohol led directly to the death of brain cells.
Some of the best studies show that a bottle of wine a night can actually reduce the risk of dementia in old age, Professor Bartlett said.
In moderation, alcohol has positive benefits for blood vessel health.
Research by Professor Bartlett and his team has found we all have an inbuilt repair kit replenishing the more than 100 billion cells – or neurons – in our brain."