Heavy teenage drinking linked to abnormal brain development

A bartender prepares a beer in a bar in central Sydney in this May 11, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz/Files

Teens who drink heavily are more likely than their peers to have less gray matter, an important brain structure that aids in memory, decisions, and self-control, according to a Finnish study.

The study was observational, so it is impossible to say whether heavy drinking caused this stunted brain development. People may have less brain matter due to genetic factors, and this abnormality may make them more likely to abuse alcohol, the researchers write in the journal Addiction.

“Substance use has been found to be connected to social exclusion, mental health problems and lower educational…

Source – Citizen TV

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