Ever heard of wet brain?
It’s a form of brain damage from excessive alcohol consumption.
It’s typically a term reserved for heavy drinkers and alcoholics.
However, a new study shows that you don’t need to drink that much to get serious brain damage.
Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania analyzed data from over 36,000 American adults and found that even one drink a day was correlated with a significant reduction in brain size. [R]
In other words, a beer on the couch every night is enough to ramp up your brain’s aging process.
Can you guess the American government’s daily recommendation for men?
Three drinks per day.
Needless to say, if you care about your brain, you’ll be going against the grain on this one.
Alcohol is so normalized in our culture that it’s extremely difficult to opt out.
That, and the fact that 2-3 drinks a day doesn’t make you an alcoholic, so you never really “hit rock bottom.”
Instead, you end up like a frog in a slow-boiling kettle.
By the time you feel the heat, it’s too late.
We’re not saying you should never have a drop of alcohol again.
But we know that saving the drinks for the occasional get-together or sports night will allow us to enjoy longevity and live life to the fullest.
Cutting alcohol from your daily routine is like giving up all sorts of tiny habits that chew away at your life.
A few drinks and one night of bad sleep (alcohol severely disrupts restorative REM sleep) has a domino effect into the rest of your week. One week flows into the next, and so on.
Man men we know were convinced they had clinical depression, only to find out it was just their daily beer or two.
Once they stopped, they were good.
Of course, not everyone reading this will be convinced that one beer a day is an issue.
But wherever you stand, I challenge you to try this:
Take a break for 30 days.
You don’t have to plan on stopping for good – just treat this like a test.
30 days shouldn’t be a problem… Unless you have a problem.
At the very least, this test serves as an early warning sign to those who can’t make the 30 days.
On the other hand, if you are successful, you’ll see the benefits of cutting back.
What if you achieve a mental state of clarity that you forgot was ever possible?
What if you finally found the root cause of your bad habits?
What if this makes you more productive and successful than ever before?
The only reason not to try is if you don’t want the answer.
Homer Simpson said it best:
“Alcohol: the cause of – and solution to – all of life’s problems!”