Heavy Drinking Damages Teenage Brains

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Teenagers having binge drinking suffer from brain damage and absent-mindedness.

A team of researchers from Universities of Northumbria and Keele examined students from different universities to find out how drinking affects teenage brains.

Researchers examined 26 binge drinkers and 34 non-binge drinkers. Binge drinkers are those having 8 for males and 6 for females units of alcohol at a one sessions. These sessions are repeated twice or even more times a week.

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Teenagers were asked to fill out questionnaires about how often they forget to implement daily tasks. Questionnaires were filled out three or four days after drinking sessions to make sure, that teens' bodies are free from alcohol. They were also asked to pass video tests. Videos were showing shopping trips, and teens were asked to answer simple questions about video's details.

Both drinking and non-drinking teenagers reported equal results in self-filled questionnaires, but video test results were much worse for binge drinking teens. Drinking teens reported with a 1/3 less correct answers than non-drinking teens.

Researchers conclude that teenagers aged from 17 to 19 still have developing brains and their brains are still building internal wiring connections. Those who drink, damage the part of brain responsible for remembering things and this damage lasts lifetime long. It is already known that drinkers have problems with remembering thing, but this is the first study suggesting that teenage drinkers suffer even more.

Teenager drinking rates are currently declining, but there are still groups of teenagers drinking twice more than the amount of alcohol allowed for adult women. Many of these teens are high school students and the level of alcohol consumption they have is dangerously high.

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