Journal article

Brain impairment in social drinkers? No cause for concern.

SC Bowden

Alcohol Clin Exp Res | Published : 1987

Abstract

Correlations between measures of alcohol consumption and cognitive test scores have been interpreted to reflect a chronic toxic effect of ethanol on brain function in light to moderate social drinkers. However, the data indicate that there is little support across research groups for any specific relationship and, at best, the effect of alcohol consumption accounts for only a small proportion of variance. Consideration of test validity suggests that the principal measure of ability used in this research is not capable of elucidating cerebral deficit. Further, the pattern of observed correlations is not consistent with the assumption that the putative effects of social drinking involve defici..

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