Jennifer Hamilton Says...
That is a very good question and I do not think the researchers have a good answer for that question. As far as the effects of larger amounts, yes, we know the impact. Here is a link to the current research put out by the National Institute on Health: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/aa63/aa63.htm
My recommendation is if you are concerned about the neurological effects, abstain. The recommendations given for moderate drinking also recommend spacing drinks an hour or hour and a half apart which reduces the intoxication effect. This should decrease the chance that the alcohol will have a negative impact on the body in general. The current research supports two drinks per day, never more and fourteen drinks per week, never more up until age 65. After that, 2 drinks per day and never more than 7 in a week which indicates to me that as we age, the alcohol is impacting us, by I cannot say for sure. I am a happy abstainer.
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