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Students desiring to excel at school or work may wish to forego binge drinking, research by Spanish scientists suggests.
The study, published online ahead of print in the November issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, finds binge drinkers expend more attentional effort to completing a given task, and have problems differentiating between relevant and irrelevant information.
The study looked at 95 first-year male and female university students. Of these, 42 were binge drinkers — defined as males who drink five or more standard alcohol drinks or females who drink four or more within a two-hour period.
The researchers find binge drinkers showed anomalies during the execution of a task involving visual working memory not shown by the 53 non-binge drinkers.
“One of the most relevant and worrying aspects of the high prevalence of intense consumption of alcohol in young people is the effect this drinking pattern probably has on the structure and function of the still developing brain, and that these consequences may persist in the long-term,” study corresponding author Alberto Crego, a doctoral student at the University of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain, says in a statement.
“Some neuromaturation processes continue until approximately 25 years of age; this means that late developing regions are probably even more vulnerable targets.”
The language that drinkers typically use to describe alcohol’s effects on them are quite different from the language used by alcohol researchers, no doubt limiting researchers’ understanding of self-reported alcohol use. New findings show that researchers could do well to tap into a wide spectrum of terms used by drinkers to describe their levels of….
The adverse effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on behavioral, cognitive, and social development can lead to a range of symptoms referred to as fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). Attention and cognition problems seen in individuals with a history of prenatal alcohol exposure often resemble those linked to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). An assessment of….
Despite 20 years of scientific evidence showing that drug treatment programs work, the feds fail to offer enough of them to prisoners, according to a new study. Currently 7.1 million adults – over 2 percent of the population — in the U.S. are locked up or on probation; about half of them suffer from some….
The Residential treatment centers provide treatment against addiction of drugs or alcohol. In Residential treatment centers patient stays in a conductive environment with constant help and supervision from the staff. Recovery from any addiction requires changes in behaviors and reactions. A Residential treatment centers is best choice to overcome any kind of addiction. The staff….
Long ago, it was thought that there actually was a one-size-fits-all method of treatment for addiction that would work for everyone but this could not be more wrong. In fact, in today’s treatment field, professionals know that matching patients with treatment programs that will meet their unique and very individual needs is both highly important….