To Kirsty, Loumalone, and anyone else...
Regarding alcohol and other
recreational drug use. I think that one really needs to ask the question, "which brain do you want?"
Dr. Daniel Amen has done many brain scans using a technique called Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT). These scans measure blood flow in the brain by means of a radiosiotope tracer which then allows an inference of brain activity. After looking at several of the SPECT scans
of people who have indulged in a variety of recreational drugs, and considering that with MS that we have disrupted blood flow in our brains to begin with, it is difficult to imagine that brain tissue in the areas affected by recreational drug use could be healthy. Adding recreational drugs on top of the damage caused by MS may be analogous to rubbing habanero pepper dust into an open wound. Frankly, I want all of the healthy brain cells that I can possibly have.