This section comes from the bonus report ‘Brain Fitness and
Alcohol’ which comes with the Give Up Alcohol course you can
download from www.alcoholfreesociallife.com:
Heavy drinking of alcohol depletes the body’s nutrients; in
particular folic acid and B vitamins. These are crucial for the
brain because they are used in the synthesis or manufacture of
dopamine and serotonin. These help with mood regulation and in fact
many antidepressants boost these elements.
Serotonin helps sleep regulation and both of these give us pleasure
feelings. To a certain extent they also help with learning and
memory. Without enough B vitamins and folic acid it messes up the
ability for your brain to regulate mood.
Everyone experiences the process of oxidative stress which happens
naturally and is more or less the wear and tear on the body.
Alcohol however promotes oxidative stress and increases this wear
Alzheimer’s has been linked to oxidative stress, which pushes you
down towards this disease and other degenerative diseases. This is
not just to do with the liver although a lot of oxidative stress
does happen in the liver.
The other problem with alcohol is that it reduces the sensitivity
to insulin which can get to pre-diabetic states. Again, Alzheimer’s
is linked to insulin sensitivity and there is a lot of emerging
data that suggests the decreased sensitivity to insulin can be
linked with the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s.