Does alcohol kill brain cells?

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2011-12-28 02:35:25

The Buffalo Theory as told by Cliff Clavin: No one can

explain this as well as Cliff Clavin, on Cheers. One afternoon at

Cheers, Cliff Clavin was explaining the Buffalo Theory to his buddy

Norm. and here's how it went:

"Well ya see, Norm, it's like this... A herd of buffalo

can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is

hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are

killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a

whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group

keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest


"In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as

fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we

know, kills brain cells. But naturally it attacks the slowest and

weakest brain cells first.

In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the

weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient

machine. That's why you always feel smarter after a few


In reality, alcohol does kill brain cells. That's an old myth

promoted by temperance activists who wanted to scare people into

total abstinence from alcohol.

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