London: Teenagers who binge drink could be risking serious permanent damage to their brains now, and increasing memory loss later in life, a new study has claimed.
Researchers have discovered that consuming a very high amount of alcohol in a short time can cause irreversible damage, which can in the long run even make youngsters absent-minded and forgetful.
Previous research found that high levels of alcohol act as a poison and prevent the brain working properly. Now an international team has found that excess alcohol can destroy grey matter called the hippocampus, which stores and recalls events and forms mental images, known as spatial reasoning.
For the study, the researchers gave alcohol for one hour a day to teenage macaque monkeys, who drank until they were drunk. Their brains produced fewer cells and suffered more neural degeneration than a control group, the `Daily Express` reported.
Last year, a survey of 35 countries found the UK had the third highest number of 15 and 16-year-olds with an alcohol problem.
Girls were worse than boys.
Don Shenker, chief executive of Alcohol Concern, said the government needed "to force the drinks industry to ensure ?consumers are aware of the dangers".