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Binge Drinking and Brain Damage -- HER Daily Dose

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In today's edition of HER Daily Dose, Bailey Mosier explores how binge drinking can lead to potential impulsiveness and poor decision making long after the hangover is gone.

Hi, I’m Bailey Mosier. This is your EmpowHER HER Daily Dose.

It’s that time of year where teens and college kids are closing the books and hitting the beaches. That’s right – Spring Break season is upon us. But teens and young adults choosing to binge drink on Spring Break or any time of the year, may be risking serious brain damage.

Researchers at the Harris County Hospital District in Houston contend that the brain continues to develop through age 25, and alcohol, particularly episodes of binge drinking, affects the part of the brain that handles impulse control and decision making. Damage to the brain early can make it hard for young people to make healthy choices about acceptable alcohol use and impulse control later in life.

Doctors define binge drinking as the consumption of four alcoholic drinks by males and three drinks by females in a day. Careless alcohol consumption early in life is not only dangerous for brain development but can lead to poor choices about alcohol consumption later in life.

That wraps up your EmpowHER HER Daily Dose. Join me here at EmpowHER.com every weekday for your next dose of women’s health.

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September 19, 2012 - 12:59am
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