3 Brain-Damaging Habits You Need to Stop Now

Donnabeth Aniban
4 min readJul 17, 2023
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No, these are not the brain-damaging habits that went viral on various social media platforms claiming that it came from WHO. WHO has debunked that infographic.

This list does not contain the biggest or the top brain-damaging habits. Brain health is more complicated than pinpointing habits in various degrees. What damages or promotes brain health is an interplay of several factors including but not limited to genes, diet, activities, sleep, diseases, and vices.

Nevertheless, some habits have already been proven to put people at more risk for brain damage. So if you are practicing any of these, you better stop if you want peak brain performance for as long as possible.

1. Use of Recreational Drugs

Drug-abuse-related injuries include brain atrophy, changes to white matter, physical damage to brain cells, brain hypoxia, traumatic brain injury, stroke, and Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome.

Aside from the damage from the drug’s toxic substances, actions resulting from the effects of the drugs can also injure the brain. For example, frequent intoxication leads to poor health, accidents, and increased risk-taking behaviors which can cause brain injuries.

Amphetamines, cocaine, heroin, inhalants, marijuana, and opioids are associated with neurological damage. The good news is, some effects can be reduced or even reversed if one stops using these drugs. The sooner you stop, the higher your chances to completely recover from the damages.

If you haven’t tried any, never start. You don’t have to satisfy your curiosity about everything, because some have irreversible consequences. One of my grandmother’s memorable teaching was “Try everything except drugs”. And so as an obedient granddaughter, I tried everything except drugs. Though I’m pretty sure she did not mean that literally. If you have one takeaway from this article let it be this: try everything except drugs. Okay, perhaps not everything.

2. Too Much Sitting

If you’re reading this while sitting, stand up and continue reading while standing, if you can of course. They say sitting is the new smoking because not only does it negatively affects physical function, but it is also…



Donnabeth Aniban

Mom since 2011. Filipino. Former nurse and teacher. Writer and entrepreneur atm. I write mostly about life, business, health, productivity, and motherhood.