Can alcohol kill brain cells?
The idea that alcohol kills brain cells has long been promoted. The early temperance writers made this assertion and also insisted that the alcohol in their blood could cause "drunkards" to catch fire and burn alive. This combustion argument against drinking was dropped long ago but many anti-alcohol writers continue to promote the idea that even moderate drinking causes brain cells to die.
Scientific medical research has actually demonstrated that the moderate consumption of alcohol is associated with better cognitive (thinking and reasoning) skills and memory than is abstaining from alcohol. Moderate drinking doesn't kill brain cells but helps the brain function better into old age. Studies around the world involving many thousands of people report this finding.
Of course, years of alcohol abuse can cause serious neurological damage, including Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome. Harm can be done to message-carrying dendrites on neurons in the cerebellum, a part of the brain involved in learning and physical coordination. But even in such extreme cases, there's a lack of evidence that alcohol kills brain cells.
However, abstinence after chronic alcohol abuse enables brains to repair themselves, according to new research involving rats.
Moderate alcohol consumption does not kill brain cells. The claim that drinking alchohol kills brain cells is a myth started during the Prohibition. For more details, see http://www.addictioninfo.org/articles/1877/1/Does-Drinking-Alcohol-Kill-Brain-Cells/Page1.html . ------ 1,000,000 brain cells are killed for every 1 oz of alcohol consumed.
No. Hand sanitizers on your hands just kill pathogens (Pathogens is another word for germs, if you don't know what it means). The pathogens can't evade the alcohol. If they do, they may kill your brain cells. I do not know about other alcohols, but of course, it won't kill your brain cells if it doesn't have to do with killing germs. That was a very good question, anyway.
Neither marijuana nor alcohol kills brain cells. Unless you deprive yourself of oxygen. That's when you start to lose brain cells. You would hae to smoke 15-- joints in 20 minutes in order to kill brain cells. Here's a very intersting video. Got me to start smoking weed:P http://wideeyecinema.com/?p=866
One substance that doesn't kill brain cells is alcohol, contrary to popular myth. __ The above answer is wrong. Excessive alcohol intake does damage brain cells. Brain scans, motor skills tests will both show some sort of impairment. MRIs and PET scans are both used to detect the type of damage caused by drug abuse (and alcohol abuse). The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse has an interesting (and not too complex) page on just this…
Alcohol does not kill brain cells. That is a myth spread by temperance activists who wanted to scare people into abstaining. Research has demonstrated that drinking alcohol in moderation reduces the risk of developing senility, including Alzheimer's disease. Of course, it's unwise to abuse alcohol even though it doesn't destroy brain cells.
One drink of alchohol, will not automatically start killing your brain cells. Months & Years of alchohol abuse will eventually start killing brain cells. The numbers are never 'acurate' to a specific point. But drinking excesive alchohol does kill brain cells. According to the state of Florida Drivers Course the answer is 10,000 cells.
The idea that alcohol kills brain cells is a bit inaccurate, in the sense that alcohol affects every cell in the body. Long before it kills off "all" your brain cells, it will have done so much damage that you would die of other causes. (Which would certainly kill off the rest of your brain cells.) One answer that you might think about: The first few beers, if they cause you to lose control and…
Actually, no brain cells are killed. Studies show that communication between brain cells is just damaged by the abuse of alcohol but largely irreversible. Scientific medical research has actually demonstrated that the moderate consumption of alcohol is associated with better cognitive (thinking and reasoning) skills and memory than is abstaining from alcohol. Moderate drinking doesn't kill brain cells but helps the brain function better into old age. Studies around the world involving many thousands of…