Heavy Drinkers May Gain Brain Power from Alcohol


Teetotalers take note: Alcohol may benefit the brains of serious drinkers. Researchers at Yale University found that vigorous imbibers can burn acetate (released as the body metabolizes alcohol) more easily than moderate drinkers. Those who binge-drink often are able to “tap into an alternate fuel source” and think more clearly while drunk, similarly to the way a car “can switch to ethanol when it runs out of gasoline.” [Science News via The Atlantic]