Binge drinking destroys brain cells
Cornell students are justified in their concern for how heavy drinking will affect their academic performance. However, recent studies from the Queensland Brain Institute in Australia have found that while alcohol may temporarily affect behavior, no permanent damage is caused to the brain’s neural functioning after heavy drinking.
“Alcohol does induce dendritic malfunctions, impairing neural communications in the central nervous system. But for the most part there is no long term effect. If you ever got to the BAC necessary to kill brain cells, you probably would have already died from having gone into respiratory arrest because your hypothalamus, which controls breathing, would have gone numb,” Mickey Singer ’12, nutrition, explained. However, concerns for the liver, the kidneys and several other body parts are still valid. The ruling: your brain is safe, but take everything in moderation.