Study: Binge drinking damages teen brains
A new study on the effects of heavy alcohol use on teenage brains shows that binge drinking among teens can lead to lower intelligence and impulsive behavior, according to researchers at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.Posted — Updated
Researchers used laboratory mice to simulate the teenage brain. They found that brains that are still growing are more open to damage from heavy alcohol drinking than adult brains. Between the ages of 12 and 20, researchers say, a lot of critical brain development takes place and surveys show that people in this age group are drinking more and more.