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  1. #1 Fluency of speech, how it is improved and affected 
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    I've noticed that people who abuse alcohol and certain other drugs tend to become less articulate over time; whereas before they sounded quite clear and sharp, they now mumble and garble and drawl their words, even when not under the influence. I see it in an uncle who's a serious alcoholic. I wonder is this reversible, perhaps abstinance allows some of the neurons to regenerate or the axons to rewire? (Apparently, neurons do indeed regenerate, contrary to years of previous belief).

    I'm conscious that sometimes I mutter more than I should. I'm a decent speaker, but sometimes quite a lazy one. Other times I'll speak too fast--not good. Is there any evidence that exercise or certain supplements increase articulation?

    I think--but could be wrong--that estrogen is associated with higher fluency (not necessarily that the words have any greater connection to reality, I'll add). I wonder why this is?

    Some people lose the "ping" of their speech as they get older. Do any of you know how to maintain good "voice health"?

    As you can see I'm throwing out a lot of questions here. If you wanna pick one or more of them and give your input, that'd be great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by God_of_Biomechanics View Post
    I've noticed that people who abuse alcohol and certain other drugs tend to become less articulate over time; whereas before they sounded quite clear and sharp, they now mumble and garble and drawl their words, even when not under the influence. I see it in an uncle who's a serious alcoholic. I wonder is this reversible, perhaps abstinance allows some of the neurons to regenerate or the axons to rewire? (Apparently, neurons do indeed regenerate, contrary to years of previous belief).

    I'm conscious that sometimes I mutter more than I should. I'm a decent speaker, but sometimes quite a lazy one. Other times I'll speak too fast--not good. Is there any evidence that exercise or certain supplements increase articulation?

    I think--but could be wrong--that estrogen is associated with higher fluency (not necessarily that the words have any greater connection to reality, I'll add). I wonder why this is?

    Some people lose the "ping" of their speech as they get older. Do any of you know how to maintain good "voice health"?

    As you can see I'm throwing out a lot of questions here. If you wanna pick one or more of them and give your input, that'd be great.

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    Speech fluency is inversely proportional to intelligence. Just see how babbling females all have less notable things to say. Lol.


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    Maintain good voice 'health'? Get better speech to start with. Old fashioned elocution exercises and tongue twisters can help with this. Singing lessons a bit less so.

    Try saying 'red leather, yellow leather'. Most people find this very difficult. Once you find you can say it without mistakes or hesitation, try it twice. Then lots of repeats. If you get it right you will be able to repeat it endlessly without stumbling or hesitating. Clarity of speech is all about "the tip of the tongue and the teeth". In quotes because it's not just true, it's often used when training choirs in general singing technique. There are other simple tongue twister/ elocution exercises you can do without engaging a drama teacher or other speech expert to improve your diction.

    As for the speech problems of alcoholics. I'm afraid that that's a sign of some brain damage. It may appear earlier in people whose speech clarity wasn't very wonderful to start with. But stopping the alcohol ingestion and undertaking some dietary, medical and therapeutic remediation may recover some function or, if nothing else, prevent further deterioration.
    "Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen." Winston Churchill
    "nature is like a game of Jenga; you never know which brick you pull out will cause the whole stack to collapse" Lucy Cooke
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    A couple of articles on the effect of alcohol on speech (as with much good research, the results contradict intuition to some extent).

    Cocktail Party Physics: drunken masters of lingua franca

    Drunken Speech | Dialect Blog
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    Cheers for the input so far!

    @ Strange, I just put those articles on my kindle, looking forward to checking them out later tonight
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    Quote Originally Posted by God_of_Biomechanics View Post
    Do any of you know how to maintain good "voice health"?
    Focus.
    Practice.
    Practice.
    Focus.
    Practice.
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