A new study completed recently showed results that could shock students who might partake in the hard-partying life-style that can be linked to many college students. Binge drinking is now shown to have affects on the brain even after the alcohol has worn off. This new study shows a link between binge drinking and a decreased ability to learn verbal information.
In the study, college students who participated showed lower scores on the verbal learning test than those who did not binge drink. Researchers believe this is due to alcohol’s toxic effect on the hippocampus, which is the brain area responsible for learning and memory. Binge drinking, which is defined as drinking five or more alcoholic drinks in one sitting (four for women), can be very dangerous and sometimes can lead to alcohol poisoning or even death.
Many people think that participating in binge drinking does not make them an alcoholic but that is not the case. It is actually one of the more scary alcohol addictions as a person never knows when that one more drink will cause them to hurt themselves or end up in a hospital. That is why it is so important for those dealing with an alcohol problem to seek alcohol treatment. Through an alcohol treatment program, a person is able to learn the negative effects of binge drinking while also learning to live a life not dependent on alcohol. If you or a loved one is suffering from an alcohol addiction, please contact Vista Taos today and ask them about their alcohol treatment programs and how they can help you.