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Binge drinking hurts brain

Hippocampus may be damaged by alcohol

Binge drinking students have more trouble remembering new information than their teetotaller peers, according to a new study by Spanish researchers. The scientists from the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela gave 122 university students tests that measured their ability to remember spoken instructions. The 60 participants who don’t binge drink fared much better than the 62 who regularly imbibe to excess. The researchers controlled for other variables such as intellect, history of metal disorders and other drug use. They concluded that damaged hippocampi among the drunkard group make it harder for them learn. The hippocampus, which is responsible for learning and memory, has been shown to be sensitive to the toxicity of alcohol in mice. The researchers are calling on universities to educate students about the damage they cause their brains by over-drinking.

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