It is known that binge drinking can affect people’s memories but the brain damage it could cause may be more serious in teenagers.
A team of researchers from Northumbria University and Keele University has carried out a study and found that binge drinking harms developing brains in teenagers who are at risk of absent-mindedness and forgetfulness days later. According to them, it’s possible that the pre-frontal cortex or hippocampus regions of the brain are being impaired.
“There is evidence that excess alcohol and binge drinking in particular damages parts of brain that underpin everyday memory. Not only may these teenagers be harming their memory, if their brains are still developing they could be storing up problems for the future,” said lead author, Thomas Heffernan of Northumbria University.
The team recruited volunteer students from a number of universities in Britain. Of the group, 26 were regular “binge drinkers” (defined as a male who drank at least eight units or a female who drank six units of alcohol in one session on two or more occasions per week) and 34 non-binge drinkers.
Via Times of India