Binge Drinking Shown To Contribute To Memory Problems

By Staff Writer

Binge drinking may not only increase an individual’s risk for addiction and need for rehab treatment, it may also impair a person’s ability to learn new verbal information, says a group of researchers from the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

The scientists surveyed 122 college students about their drinking habits and then administered tests of their declarative memory, which is a type of memory involved in learning new verbal information. The results showed that those who regularly participated in binge drinking had significantly lower scores of these memory tests.

Binge drinking is known to affect hippocampus, an area of the brain that plays an important role in processing new information, learning and creating new memories. The researchers said that it appears this region is strongly impacted by the toxic effects of alcohol.

The findings clearly show that an individual who regularly engages in binge drinking may be more likely to experience academic difficulties. The researchers speculated that these students may have to put in extra effort to compensate for their deficiencies.

Those who have difficulty ending their binge drinking habits may benefit from addiction rehab treatment.