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Oct 14, 2008 08:46 PM

Is drinking shrinking your brain?

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  1. well, I didn't read anything about whether brain volume correlates with brain function. I am linclined not to care if my brain is small, as long as it works just fine...

    1. i don't understand the question

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      1. re: thew

        Apparently drinking solves horrible, debilitating brain swelling issues that result from certain neurological disorders. Here's to your health -- bottoms up!

        1. re: thew

          thew, LOL! great (shrinking) brains think alike. i was going to reply, "huh?"

        2. Drinking kills off the weak brain cells, leaving the remaining brain mass stronger...sort of like culling the weak and sick from the herd. You're left with fewer brain cells, but they're the tougher, stronger ones, unfettered by the stupider, less desirable brain cells.

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          1. re: ricepad

            in tom robbins' book Jitterbug Perfume the character loosely based on tim leary is asked about his drug use, and he gived a similar answer. he says it's like growing fruit - it isn't brain damage, it's pruning

            1. re: thew

              I love Tom Robbins. Skinny Legs and All is my favorite. Where else will you find an Arab and a Jew opening a restaurant across from the UN and an RV made into a turkey? Very chowish!

              1. re: mojoeater

                ...with inanimate objects as key characters (spoon, can o' beans) tom robbins

            2. re: ricepad

              Good answer, ricepad.

              Let's all drink to ricepad!

              1. re: ricepad

                Now that's the answer I was hoping for! Cin-Cin!

              2. A study like this really does not concern me. We are all dying, some just quicker than others.

                Ill continue to enjoy my tequila, and beer without pause.

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                1. re: swsidejim

                  My grandfather was a borderline alcoholic and lived well into his 90s... Probably not the best idea to drink in such excess on a daily basis, but I also don't think it will strip as many years off of your life as some seem to believe. There have to be other problem factors. Or maybe it's just genetics? Probably not worth worrying about too much.

                  1. re: davis_sq_pro

                    Hmmm.... sounds like one of my uncles. A quart of Scotch every day, a one mile walk, pasta for dinner, lived to be 94 when a car veered off the road and hit him as he walked along the sidewalk.....Cin Cin!!

                    1. re: Gio

                      Reminds me of Jim Fixx, the brilliant mathematician who taught me how to store and manipulate volumes of quant data and solve fairly complex problems with no tools other than the mind. He was also a marathon runner, and that's what killed him in his life's prime.

                          1. re: Veggo

                            After he stopped smoking I presume....

                        1. re: Veggo


                          Yada, yada...for tomorrow we die.

                  2. What happens with the extra space? Can I rent it out? For as long as I can solve the weekend Sudoku's with bloody mary in hand, I consider the canary in my mineshaft to be alive and well and sometimes singing (off key).