Since when is beer unhealthy?Watch
I like James Randy's view on this topic. Listen to what he has to say to rationalise why he does not drink alcohol, smoke or take any kind of drugs
One of the greatest thinkers of our time. I do not agree with him on everything but in this topic I am in total agreement with him.
I worked in a CT department. I was involved in a lot of CT head scans. You can always distinguish those who drink alcohol from those who don't from these scans. Alcohol kills brain cells and the damage is noticeable on the CT head scans of those who drink alcohol. In those who drink alcohol there is always noticeable cerebral atrophy. In laymen's terms, their brains are smaller.
Here's a picture of a CT head for a chronic alcoholic. The brain on the far left is relatively free of atrophy. The atrophy is worse in 2010 and worse still in 2014. The amount of atrophy you see in the picture on the far right for 2014 is similar to most CT heads I have seen performed on 50+ year olds who drink alcohol...They start drinking in their youth and once they reach their 50s and 60s they have similar brain structure to a chronic alcoholic. I have seen many that are far far far worse than this. Note: the damage is irreversible and the impact it has on their cognitive abilities and their health is significant. This is just one of the many reasons why alcohol is unhealthy. Its a huge risk factor for a myriad of other very serious/life threatening conditions (most cardiovascular diseases, many cancers, most neurodegenerative diseases e.g. Alzheimer's, Parkinson's etc. and the list goes on and on). It's also a significant risk factor for serious crimes (violence, addiction, rape, deaths by dangerous driving etc.) It's a risk factor for depression, for suicide. It's a risk factor for other risk factors such as obesity. Alcohol is much worse than smoking. It's much more dangerous than many harmful drugs.