Alcohol abuse is no small matter.
In America in 2014, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, there were estimated to be 16.3 million adults with an alcohol use disorder.
In the same year, a worrying 24.7 percent of individuals aged 18 or over reported that they had engaged in binge drinking in the past month.
Each year, almost 88,000 Americans die from alcohol-related causes.
Alcohol is now known to increase the risk of a number of health outcomes, including certain cancers, stroke, heart disease, and liver disease. The drug clearly has a substantial impact on society and the world at large.
There is also a growing body of evidence that a long history of alcohol abuse, aside from physical effects, has a negative impact on cognitive ability.
Alcohol use, age, and cognition
The relationship between alcohol and cognition appears to be a complex one; studies have demonstrated a range of outcomes.