Excessive Drinking Has Lasting Effect on Teen Brains

A new research has suggested that overdoing in drinking alcohol amongst teens can have damaging effects in a crucial part of brain that can last for a longer duration.

This area, the hippocampus, controls how the brain is able to recall events and also form mental images. Such damage may possibly leave youngsters in danger of becoming absentminded and forgetful in the future, researchers caution.

The study, by researchers at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, scrutinised the effects of overdo drinking on Rhesus monkeys.

They offered the animals bulky amounts of alcohol over a short period and then analyzed their brains two months afterwards.

The monkeys were generating smaller amount brain cells and had suffered more harm to the hippocampus than a controlled group that was not given alcohol.

The squad behind the research is of the belief that binge drinking has identical damaging effects on the brains of teens.

Leader of the study, Dr. Chitra Mandyam, said that Binge alcohol consumption in teenagers id rising each day and studies in animal models depict that adolescence period is full of vulnerabilities that can result in grave brain damage.

The findings are published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.