Moderate drinking? Alcohol consumption significantly decreases neurogenesis in the adult hippocampus

Drinking alcohol in moderation is often considered a health-conscious behavior, associated with improved cardiovascular and brain health. However, “moderate” amounts of alcohol include drinking 3–4 alcohol beverages in a day, which is closer to binge drinking and may do more harm than good. Here we examined how daily drinking of moderate-high alcohol alters the production of new neurons in the adult hippocampus. (…) 

This level of intoxication did not impair motor skill learning or function in either sex, nor did the alcohol consumption disrupt associative learning 2 days after drinking. Therefore, moderate alcohol consumption did not disrupt basic sensory, motor or learning processes. However, the number of cells produced in the dentate gyrus of the hippocampus was reduced by nearly 40%. Thus, even moderate consumption of alcohol for a relatively short period of time can have profound effects on structural plasticity in the adult brain. [via]

If you have the lifestyle that allows moderate drinking by this definition, loooosing nearly half of  your neural production may not be a big factor in your day to day decision making anyway.

anonymous asked:

Does loosing your virginity hurt? Should I be worried?

i want to say no but, i mean, it kind of does? like it’s not ‘level 10 rampaging horse kicks you in the balls’ kind of pain, but it’s more like stubbing your toe on a door hinge kind of pain is the best way to put it. of course it’s not as painful as that but it’s like a 3 ½ on a scale of one to ten. (this goes for men and women)

if you are going to loose your virginity, tell them to take it slow or whatever.

oh and don’t forget to use protection

love ya <3

Do yourself a favor and pick up a pack of those craft fluffy poms, some tongs, and a pack of @nubyusa’s snack bowls and let your toddler loose with them. H is obsessed with moving them from one cup to another with tongs, pouring from one bowl to another, and then putting them all in one bowl and ‘pop pop popcorn'ing them so they rain all over. We’re now going on 30 minutes of mostly independent play, and I’m sitting here grinning from ear to ear as I watch him play.
Does your little have any favorite busy bag type activity he or she loves? Or do you have any favorite IG accounts you follow too et great new ideas for toddler learning? I’d love to hear!