October 20, 2008

Alcohol Shrinks Brains, Coffee Shrinks Breasts

According to a study published in the Archives of Neurology, people who drink alcohol have a smaller brain volume than people who don't drink alcohol.

"Decline in brain volume -- estimated at 2 percent per decade -- is a natural part of aging," says Carol Ann Paul, who conducted the study when she was at the Boston University School of Public Health. She had hoped to find that alcohol might protect against such brain shrinkage.

"However, we did not find the protective effect," says Paul ... "In fact, any level of alcohol consumption resulted in a decline in brain volume."

There you go, more confusion. We now have a study to counter previous studies which found that a drink or two every day is beneficial to a person's health.

Couple the alcohol study with the recent report that coffee shrinks women's breasts and it's hard to dispute the contention that the constant flow of sketchy research reports does more to frighten and confound people than it helps.

[Update] New study from Germany says snoring is linked to erectile dysfunction. So, is it that snoring shrinks penises or shrunken penises cause snoring? You make the call.

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