29th November 2017

What is the effect of alcohol on neurons?

The damage that alcohol can cause to different tissues of the human body are numerous.

"Stem Cell Reports" magazine reported that specialists at the Texas University, using advanced technology to classify stem cells, have successfully detected the harmful effects of alcohol on stem cells.

Scientists have found that alcohol use has a different effect on parts of the brain, especially neural stem cells in the "subventricular zone" where it disrupts their functioning, knowing that they are a source of new nerve cells, throughout the body’s lifespan.

Researchers noted that these findings will help improve methods of treating chronic alcoholism problems.

They also pointed out that the treatment of alcohol dependence does not only lie in the protection of healthy neurons, but also in the stimulation of stem cell activity.

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