Alcohol's Affects on Human Brain 05/04/2012

Alcohol has four proven affects on the human brain, many that we warned of in the Bible
1. Damages Brain Development in Your child
“Drinking during pregnancy can lead to a range of physical, learning, and behavioral effects in the developing brain, the most serious of which is a collection of symptoms known as fetal alcohol syndrome” (FAS, National Institute of Health, number 63, October 2004).

The brain goes through rapid development and "wiring" changes during the ages of 12-21. Drinking during those years can damage this development that is essential to brain growth.

2. Impairs Judgment
Isaiah 28:7 says, “But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way ; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment.”Alcohol dulls brain 'alarm' that monitors mistakes, study finds" (September 1, 2011 in Psychology & Psychiatry).

"Most people have witnessed otherwise intelligent people doing embarrassing or stupid things when they are intoxicated, but what specifically happens in the brain to cause such drunken actions? A new study testing alcohol's effects on brain activity from the University of Missouri says that alcohol dulls the brain 'signal' that warns people when they are making a mistake, ultimately reducing self control" (

3. Lead you to become lawless
Habakkuk 2:5 Yea also, because he transgresseth by wine”
“Difficulty walking, blurred vision, slurred speech, slowed reaction times, impaired memory: Clearly, alcohol affects the brain. 3 out of 10 Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related crash at some time in their lives” (National Highway Traffic Safety {NHTSA}, Traffic Safety Facts, 1996).

4. Cause Blackouts And Memory Lapses
“Alcohol can produce detectable impairments in memory after only a few drinks and, as the amount of alcohol increases, so does the degree of impairment. ‘Blackouts are much more common among social drinkers than previously surveyed.”

A survey of 772 college undergraduates about their experiences with blackouts were asked, “Have you ever awoken after a night of drinking not able to remember things that you did or places that you went?”
“Of the students who had ever consumed alcohol, 51 percent reported blacking out at some point in their lives. The students reported learning later that they had participated in a wide range of potentially dangerous events they could not remember, vandalism, unprotected sex, and driving” (FAS, National Institute of Health, number 63, October 2004).

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