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There is some debate as to wether alcohol consumption actually destroys brain cells or not. Jensen & Pakkenberg (1993) counted the neurons in the neocortex of deceased acoholics and found that they have the same number of neurons as non-alcoholic men. Unfortunately the non-alcoholic control group did not consist of teetotallers but only "did not have ...


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This is just the beginning of an answer, based on what I've read so far. I'm very keen to read other answers. Resnick et al (1997) @Yannis Rizos has pointed me to the article by Resnick et al (1997) based on the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. The article reports data on 12118 adolescents drawn from grades 7 through 12. The results ...


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I'm not sure the article really covers the economic aspects. Drinking is an expensive hobby, enjoyed by many in well paid jobs who are able to fund it. It's not just the social aspect it may be drinking at home but I would say this could also be impacted by the type of jobs that are better paid or require more intelligence. Many people in higher-end jobs ...



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