The research team used an innovative test to determine the effects of alcohol on the brains of these animals. The experts observed that chronic alcohol drinking killed a vast majority of brain stem cells in the animals' brains. Likewise, excessive alcohol intake led to a steep decline in the production and development of new nerve cells. The results showed that the brain region most affected by alcohol intake appeared to be the area where the new brain cells were being produced.
"The discovery that the adult brain produces stem cells that create new nerve cells provides a new way of approaching the problem of alcohol-related changes in the brain. However, before the new approaches can be developed, we need to understand how alcohol impacts the brain stem cells at different stages in their growth, in different brain regions and in the brains of both males and females," study author Dr. Ping Wu told Medical Xpress online.
The findings also showed that female mice exhibited more severe deficits compared with male mice. According to the researchers, female mice showed worse intoxication behaviors and greater reductions in the pool of stem cells. (Related: Drinking more than 2-3 glasses of booze per day causes premature aging and wrinkles, depleting body of minerals essential for cell renewal.)
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