Teenagers who binge drink risk trapping their brains in permanent adolescence and lay the groundwork for alcoholism, new research shows.
A new study has looked at the effect of excessive binge drinking during adolescence on a particular receptor in the brain. Bing drinking was found to irreversibly alter the brain, keeping it in an adolescent state. And the earlier in life someone starts bingeing, the worse the possible outcomes.
"Because it inhibits part of the brain's development, binge drinking over time keeps people in an emotionally immature state," Queensland University of Technology Professor Selena Bartlett says. "This often leads to huge problems when in their 30s and 40s when people come face to face with the demands of life."
Professor Bartlett says the human brain doesn't fully develop until around age 25 and bingeing during adolescence modifies its circuits, preventing the brain from reaching maturity.
The research, which was carried out on rats, suggests that during ageing, the brain's delta opioid peptide receptor (DOP-R) activity turns down, but binge drinking causes the receptors to stay on, keeping it in an adolescent stage.
"The younger a child or teenager starts binge drinking and the more they drink, the worse the possible outcome for them," said Bartlett.
The research was published in The Journal of Neuroscience.
Source: Brisbane Times
Have something to say about this article? Leave your comment via Facebook below!
Recently by Jim Liebelt
- Smartphone Use in Restaurants Leads to Distracted ParentingWednesday, March 12, 2014
- How Much Data is Generated Every Minute? [Infographic]Wednesday, March 12, 2014
- Bullying Linked to Suicidal Behavior in AdolescentsTuesday, March 11, 2014
- Teens Likely to Get Opioid Rx for HeadachesMonday, March 10, 2014
- Teens Who Try E-Cigarettes Are More Likely to Try Tobacco TooFriday, March 07, 2014
Recently on Crosswalk Blogs
Add Crosswalk.com content to your siteBrowse available content