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The Shrinking Brain
The more alcohol you drink, the smaller your brain volume becomes, according to research. As we age, brain volume decreases (and white matter lesions increase), but drinking accelerates the process. Lower brain volume and larger white matter lesions are associated with the progression of dementia and problems in thinking, learning, and memory.

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