Brain scans are sobering – an online tool to sobriety
In the January 13, 2016 edition of the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Allie Shah of the Star Tribune (TNS) wrote about some new technology using brain SPECT scans that is sobering.
Multiple studies using brain scans show chronic heavy drinking causes shrinking of the brains frontal cortex – the home of higher order thinking skills. This is not so new in that Dr. Daniel Amen in his 2004 book, “Images of Human Behavior – A Brain SPECT Atlas shows the effects of not only alcohol on the brain but also heroin and marijuana along with such mental diagnoses of an obsessive brain or an anxious brain.
Dr. Amen’s book shows hundreds of three-dimensional color brain SPECT (Single Photon Emission Computerized Tomography). It is a sophisticated nuclear medicine study of cerebral blood flow and, indirectly, brain activity.
Shah, says that the longer and more a person drinks, the worse his or her ability to make judgments and control impulses. The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism notes that some of the damage can be reversed with sobriety, but other changes appear to be permanent.
The Institute answers the question of, “How much is too much alcohol?”
The risk of developing serious health issues related to drinking is low for men who consume no more than 14 drinks a week or four on a single day.
For women, the danger is low if you have no more than seven drinks a week or three on a given day.
There is an online answer to stop drinking. Go to https://www.reddit.com/r/stopdrinking/ this might work. Alcoholics are finding sobriety via an online community. Many people believe that AA is the only place to get help. According to one individual Reddit has been a powerful tool.
If you are unsure of your level of drinking go to www.dailybreadcounseling.org and take a free screening.