Hangover headaches are the least of your worries. Scientists say drinking can be hard on the brain – CBC

Research supports negative affects on the brain and the benefits of cutting back

Jan 24, 2023

For Jesica Hurst, kicking off the weekend used to mean having a glass of wine.

Drinking was also her go-to for all kinds of situations, from combating social anxiety before a big night out, to winding down after a stressful day at work.

But it came with a downside — feelings of sadness, anxiety and stress in the days that followed. And for someone with diagnosed anxiety and depression, the Toronto resident began to re-evaluate the role casual drinking played in her life, and what it meant for her wellbeing and mental health.

Around six months ago, Hurst gave up alcohol entirely.

Since then, “I’ve noticed that things are a lot more balanced,” she said. “I still deal with the day-to-day anxieties… but it’s a lot more manageable.”

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/alcohol-drinking-brain-science-1.6722942

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