MRI Predicts Future Alcoholics - Page 2
Researchers said the study also clearly shows the dangers of teen drinking. During your teenage years, the drain is still developing and making connections. The introduction of alcohol is not doing that development any favors.
This statement is backed up by research from 2006 published in Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. In that study, researchers found that 47% of those who began drinking alcohol before they turned 14 became dependent on alcohol at some point in their lives
Other studies in rats have shown equally damning evidence that teenage drinking can damage the brain. One particular example shows that the brains of adolescent rats that binged on alcohol had significant cellular damage to the fore-brain and hippocampus. This was not brain damage caused by a life of drinking too much. The damage was done quickly and after only one alcohol binge.