Binge drinking may alter brain activity in teenagers

Binge drinking may alter brain activity in teenagers

Is your teenaged son or daughter a binge-drinker? Beware, he or she is more likely to have altered brain activity, which may indicate delayed brain development and be an early sign of brain damage, researchers have warned.

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Findings:

  • The findings showed that the brains of adolescents, which are yet in the developing stages.
  • In addition,might be more vulnerable to the effects of alcohol abuse than adults.
  • Researchers examining electrical activity in various brain regions in college students.
  • Found that binge drinkers had altered brain activity at rest.
  • They also had significantly higher measurements of specific electrophysiological parameters, known as beta and theta oscillations, in brain regions called the right temporal lobe and bilateral occipital cortex.

Researchers:

  • These changes might indicate a decreased ability to respond to external stimuli.
  • Also,potential difficulties in information processing capacity in young binge drinkers.
  • And may represent some of the first signs of alcohol-induced brain damage, the researchers said.
  • These features might be down to the particularly harmful effects of alcohol on young brains that are still in development.
  • In addition,Perhaps by delaying neuromaturational (child development) processes, said lead author.
  • It would be a positive outcome if educational and health institutions used these results to try to reduce alcohol consumption in risky drinkers.
  • Binge was describes as drinking five or more drinks for men and four or more for women within a two-hour period.

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