Teen Binge Drinking May Cause Brain Damage
(Jan. 25) -- Teen binge drinking may do more than just get you grounded. A recent study shows adolescent drinking can cause irreversible brain damage.I'm glad they are promoting the message, but did we really need a neuroscientist to point out the obvious?
The study, published in the journal Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, found damaged nerve tissue in the brains of teens who drank. Researchers believe the damage translated to teens' test results, which showed shortened attention spans in boys, difficulty comprehending and interpreting visual information among girls and memory damage in both genders.
Although it may seem alarming that teen binge drinking could permanently affect the brain, the leader of the study, neuroscientist Susan Tapert of the University of California, San Diego, says alcohol is toxic for the still-developing teenage brain.
Here's a scary statistic:
By the time they graduate from high school, two-thirds (66%) of youth are regular drinkers, and two-fifths (40%) are frequent binge drinkers
A national survey reveals that 42% of college students reported binge drinking.
This is one of the many reasons that I am not too impressed by complaints about students fees and increasing tuition costs. Many students spend more on drinking than they do on books.
As a side note, binge drinking among homeschoolers and adults who were homeschooled is incredibly low. (I can't find my copy of Home Educated and Now Adults to give the exact number, but I remember that is was a single digit below 4%.)
Yet another reason to homeschool. We are protecting our children's developing brains.
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