027 Should We Drink Alcohol?

What is alcohol? How long have humans been drinking it and why? Drinking is pretty common amongst many groups of people but how does it affect your body and brain? Is a glass of wine every day actually good for you or is it going to harm you in the long-term?

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References:

AlcoholThinkAgain: Impact of Alcohol on the Developing Brain

American Addiction Centers: Short and Long Term Mental Effects of Alcohol

BBC: The science of alcohol: How booze affects your body

Collina, R.L. et al (1985) Social Determinants of Alcohol Consumption: The Effects of Social Interaction and Model Status on the Self-Administration of Alcohol, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 53(2) 

Drink Aware: Drunkorexia

Drink Aware: Health Effects of Alcohol

How Stuff Works: How Alcoholism Works

Live Science: Origins of Human Alcohol Consumption Revealed

National Geographic: Our 9,000-Year Love Affair With Booze

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: Alcohol’s Damaging Effects on the Brain

NHS: What’s Your Poison? 

Spear, L.P. (2002) The adolescent brain and the college drinker: Biological basis of propensity to use and misuse alcohol, Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 14

Squeglia, L.M. et al (2014) The Effect of Alcohol Use on Human Adolescent Brain Structures and Systems, Handbook of Clinical Neurology, 125

ThoughtCo: History of Alcohol: A Timeline

Wide Open Eats: How The Legal Drinking Age Has Changed Over Time

Wikipedia: Alcohol (drug)

Wikipedia: Alcoholic Drink

Wikipedia: History of Alcoholic Drinks

World Health Organization: WHO Expert Committee on Problems Related to Alcohol Consumption (2007)

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