Binge drinking rots teen brains

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  1. runawaybunny

    runawaybunny Guest

    Binge drinking rots teen brains - New Scientist

    Post-mortems of binge-drinking adolescent monkeys have produced the best evidence yet that heavy drinking at an early age can do lasting damage to the brain.

    The worst damage was to stem cells destined to become neurons in the hippocampus, the brain area responsible for memory and spatial awareness.

    Monkey and human brains develop in the same way, so the finding suggests that similar effects may occur in human teenagers. It thus reinforces the rationale for anti-alcohol policies in the US and elsewhere which aim to raise the age at with people start to drink.
  2. Sheila

    Sheila Moderator

    Big concern is how to make kids understand this....