Washington: It`s considered a rite of passage among young people -- acting out their independence through heavy, episodic drinking. But a new study says binge drinking among adolescents and young adults could cause serious damage to their developing brains.Tim McQueeny, doctoral student in psychology at the University of Cincinnati, examined the brain`s grey matter that performs the function of thinking, receiving and transmitting messages. Brain scans of a group of weekend binge drinkers, aged 18 to 25 years, found that binge-drinking, (four or more drinks at one time for females, five or more drinks for males), was linked to cortical-thinning of the pre-frontal cortex, according to a Cincinnati statement.
The findings affect a significant population. About 42 percent of young American adults between 18 and 25 are reported to have engaged in binge drinking. IANS
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