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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Binge Drinking and Brain Damage

There isn't a college campus in the United States that does not deal with binge drinking amongst the students. It is often the case for young adults to think they need to consume as much alcohol as they can in the shortest amount of time. Binge drinking is synonymous with blacking out, which causes people to make poor decisions which can alter the lives of many. The chance of getting behind the wheel of car is much greater when one is in a black out, the lights are on but nobody's home. Alcohol poisoning is also common occurrence amongst college students, which in some cases can be fatal if left untreated. New research has been done which shows that binge drinking can also cause brain damage in some cases.

The new study conducted scanned the brains of binge drinkers ages 18 to 25, which showed that regularly having several drinks in one sitting can affect an area of the brain related to:
  • paying attention
  • making decisions
  • controlling impulses

29 weekend binge drinkers took part in the study which determined that women who had four or more drinks in one sitting and men who have five or more drinks showed a thinning of the pre-frontal cortex, according to Science Daily. In 2009, young adults ages 18 to 25 had the highest rates of binge drinking (41.7 percent) and heavy alcohol use (13.7 percent) of any age group, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Most young adults simply do not know their limit and continue to drink regardless of any kind of health concerns that may be associated with the activity. Brain damage is a real a thing, a permanent alteration to your brain could hold one back in life.

The findings were presented at the Research Society on Alcoholism meeting in Atlanta.

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