Binge drinking is known to be harmful to one’s health. A new study has further highlighted the dangers pertaining to how it adversely affects brain cells. The study has been published in the journal Alcoholism.
Binge drinking is the consumption of 5 or more drinks for men, at any one time within the last month, and 4 or more for women – as per the definition provided by the Alcohol Research Group at the Public Health Institute.
The authors of the paper intended to analyse the association between binge drinking and memory. The aim of the researchers was to draw particular attention to over-drinking and young people. Both young and old rats were studied for the experiment. The results suggest that binge drinking causes a significant deterioration in the ability to learn and memorise.
The observations of the scientists entailed particular focus on the hippocampus, the region of the brain associated with memory. They have found that excessive drinking makes brain cells more vulnerable to trauma, or to injury.
Mary-Louise Risher, the lead author, from the Duke University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, explained:-
“In the eyes of the law, once people reach the age of 18, they are considered adult, but the brain continues to mature and refine all the way into the mid-20s.”
“It’s important for young people to know that when they drink heavily during this period of development, there could be changes occurring that have a lasting impact on memory and other cognitive functions.”