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Alcohol, drugs, and brain damage proceedings of a symposium [on] effects of chronic use of alcohol and other psychoactive drugs on cerebral function by

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Published by Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Research Foundation of Ontario in Toronto .
Written in English


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Edition Notes

Statementedited by James G. Rankin.
ContributionsRankin, James G., International Symposia on Alcohol and Drug Addiction, Toronto, 1973.
LC ClassificationsRC386.2 .A4
The Physical Object
Paginationxii, 101 p. :
Number of Pages101
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL4931041M
ISBN 100888680090
LC Control Number76357761

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  Excellent book! I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It explains the pro's and con's of drinking alcohol in a factual way and isn't extreme in its views. Many books are written that slant the reader towards "alcohol is poison" and shouldn't be consumed period. This book just states the facts lets the reader decide for him or herself.4/4(9). This workbook was created for people who are living with the effects of a brain injury and are also having some problems due to drug or alcohol use. The workbook was designed by a partnership of people at Community Head Injury Resource Services of Toronto (CHIRS) and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). BRAIN DAMAGE FROM OTHER CAUSES. People who have been drinking large amounts of alcohol for long periods of time run the risk of developing serious and persistent changes in the brain. Damage may be a result of the direct effects of alcohol on the brain or may result indirectly, from a poor general health status or from severe liver disease. Evidence suggests that alcohol affects brain function by interacting with multiple neurotransmitter systems, thereby disrupting the delicate balance between inhibitory and excitatory neurotransmitters. Short-term alcohol exposure tilts this balance in favor of inhibitory influences. After long-term alcohol exposure, however, the brain attempts.

Alcohol-related damage to the brain (and the body) can even be deadly: In a recent Lancet study, people who regularly had 10 or more drinks a week had one to two years shorter life expectancies.   Long-term, increasing alcohol’s bioavailability intensifies damage to the stomach, liver, heart, and brain. Benzodiazepines like Ativan do not lead to liver damage; however, alcohol is more likely to damage the liver when these drugs are combined because they increase how effectively alcohol can cause intoxication. Researchers are still understanding the complicated relationship between alcoholism, the brain, and associated alcohol-related brain damage issues like dementia. This is because dementia is a naturally sensitive disorder, and it is impossible to completely test patients with dementia for true objectivity.   Alcohol has many effects on the body and can potentially damage the brain. Long-term and short-term effects can result in a range of physical and psychological changes. Learn more here.

Full text Full text is available as a scanned copy of the original print version. Get a printable copy (PDF file) of the complete article (K), or click on a page image below to browse page by by: Brain Damage. Doctors and researchers sometimes use the term alcohol-related cognitive impairment to refer to the damaging impact that repeated excessive alcohol consumption can have on the brain’s ability to function.   Some of this impact stems directly from alcohol’s poisonous effects on the brain. Alcohol, drugs, and brain damage. Toronto: Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Research Foundation of Ontario, (OCoLC) Online version: Alcohol, drugs, and brain damage. Toronto: Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Research Foundation of Ontario, (OCoLC) Material Type: Conference publication: Document Type: Book: All Authors.   I always read anything about alcohol suspiciously because the stance on it changes regularly. At the end of the day, however, alcohol is a recognized toxin as are its byproducts. Acetaldehyde, for instance, is a known carcinogen so I don’t understand how a substance that causes cancer and shrinks the brain can also be recommended in moderation.