Doing some partying and binge drinking while you’re young doesn’t do much harm, right? According to a recent study published by Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, binge and underage drinking can actually damage your brain well into adulthood.
Long-Term Brain Changes in Rats
Researchers gave young rats a heavy amount of alcohol equivalent to the same amount in young humans. Then they waited until the rats got older to see the effect. The health of a large sampling of older rats was assessed—some which had been given heavy alcohol early on and some that had not.
The Results are In…
In the rats that had been given alcohol while young suffered the following health issues:
- Higher risk of disease
- Brain trauma
- Lack of brain maturation
How Alcohol Hurts the Brain
While the United States views 18 as the age of adulthood, the brain actually continues to develop well into the 20s. This is why underage drinking and alcohol abuse is so critical and dangerous for young people. The long-term effects of drug use are tragic. Memory and other similar cognitive functions are the main brain activities hampered by binge and underage drinking.
The Long-Term Danger of the College Party Scene
Heavy underage drinking too much in college is a huge problem all across the country. Many people consider it just part of the college experience—something to get out of your system. But as this study with the rats has shown, sometimes it never really does get out of your system. Long-term brain damage is clearly a problem with underage drinking
Detox is the First Step to Recovery
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