Many relationships are irreconcilably damaged when alcohol is abused. Being inebriated causes partners to unknowingly do and say things they usually regret later but have no recollection of their actions. The proverbial belief was that drinking alcohol killed the brain cells not allowing people to remember their intoxicated behaviors.
New research suggests this to be a fallacy. Alcohol does not appear to ‘damage’ cells, but only blocks the cells connections, resulting in the inability to remember things. Cells were not damaged; they just didn’t connect, or talk to each other.
This information published July 7 by LiveScience is extremely useful not only to couples and families with alcohol dependencies, but also for possible future treatment or interventions in certain diseases that lead to memory loss.
Alcohol’s Memory Impairment Not Due to ’Killing Your Brain Cells’
A study published July 6 in the Journal of Neuroscience suggests consuming alcohol does not damage brain cells as currently believed, but causes the brain cells to release steroids that stop the formation of long-term memories.
High levels of alcohol showed brain cells lost their ability to connect with other brain cells. The connections are how all memories are formed. If the connections are interrupted, the memories of experiences can’t be saved. The researchers blocked the release of these steroids, proving memories could still form, even at high alcohol levels. The drugs used to stop the steroid-making process were commonly used prostate-reduction drugs.
Memory loss due to disease or disorders directly affects victims. Individuals with memory loss begin to feel inadequate as they are unsure of events and happenings. This leads to a lower self-esteem resulting in copious negative emotions such as anger and frustration.
The study’s finding implies further research is imperative for potential interventions not only for alcohol related black-outs, but possible treatments for memory loss due to disease.
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