The likelihood of suffering from poor brain health may be increased by excessive drinking and weight gain, according to a study published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.
Previous trials have shown that people with a high alcohol intake are at an increased risk for developing obesity or an unhealthy body mass index (BMI). In order to determine how these complications affect brain function, researchers analyzed the BMI, metabolism and blood flow of more than 50 male participants of an alcohol-assistance program.
The results suggested that former alcoholics with high BMI measurements were more likely to develop poor cerebral blood flow and brain damage.
The researchers concluded that in addition to reducing one’s alcohol intake, exercising regularly and following a healthier diet can help with weight loss and improving one’s overall health.
"Since individuals who consume substantial amounts of alcohol are at risk of obesity, it is important to understand the influence of body fat deposition on the measures we are examining," said Susan Tapert, co-author of the study.
In 2008, approximately 50 percent of all adults residing in the U.S. were regular drinkers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.