From the April 1972 magazine.

About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment

No Fountain of Youth

Ever wonder why some people get silly when they drink? A research team at the University of South Carolina Medical School has an answer: Alcohol induces senility by a process known as "blood sludging."

"Alcohol, even in moderation, speeds up the destruction of nerve cells and initiates senility earlier in the life of any drinking man--or woman," reports Dr. Melvin H. Knisely, head of the research team.

Alcohol, Dr. Knisely explains, forms an adhesive substance in the blood which cuts off blood cells from their oxygen supply. The trapped cells eventually die,...

-- Lloyd Shearer