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Cognitive Impairment After Binge Drinking – Business Insider

October 16, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

A new study in rats indicates that it only takes a few months of intermittent binge drinking to damage your brain. The brain damage includes signs of cognitive impairment that swiftly reduce one’s capacity to control how much alcohol they take in, the researchers said.

The binge drinking specifically injured a group of brain cells that control the rat’s ability to make decisions. Between drinking binges, these brain cells were unusually active. And the more active they were, the more the rats drank on their next binge.

These active brain cells detach this regulation center from the rest of the brain, making the rats more impulse-prone.

These cells could be what drives the development of social drinking into binge drinking and dependence, and eventually, alcoholism. The study, published today, Oct. 15, in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could lead to new treatments and tests for alcoholism and other addictions.

“This research is giving us a window into the early development of the addiction process,” study researcher George Koob, of the Scripps Research Institute, said in a statement.

via Cognitive Impairment After Binge Drinking – Business Insider.

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