According to a new study from Duke University, researchers have found that binge drinking when you are a teenager can leave long term changes to your brain.
The part of the brain that is mostly affected by the binge drinking is the hippocampus, according to the researchers. The hippocampus is the part of the brain that controls memories and reasoning. This means that there is a risk for some young adult drinkers to lose their ability to remember and learn things if they are exposed to alcohol at a young age.
To make matters worse, researches found that teenagers overwhelmingly “binge drink” when they consume alcohol. ADD DEF According to the CDC people between the ages of 12 and 20 binge drink 90% of the time they consume alcohol.
“It’s something new and it’s something cool for the kids…. They try to fit in,” says Dani Bonomi, a Christian Brothers High School graduate from the Class of ‘09.
During those adolescent years when alcohol is being introduced to them it may be tough to handle the Peer Pressure. Teenagers may not fully understand the probable consequences of their actions but there is hope for change.
“At my school we have a drug counselor and he really talks about (weed and alcohol) evenly- what they do in your brain and how they make you feel,” says Joel Jimenez, a senior at Christian Brothers High School.
Researchers have also discovered that drinking, compared to marijuana, is more harmful in the long term development of the teenage brain between the two vices.
After years of “Just Say No” drug and alcohol policies, more and more adults are beginning to realize that by having a meaningful discussion with young people about the actual consequences of substance use, teens can make better and more informed decisions about what they are willing to put into their bodies.