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Binge Drinking Tied to Memory Loss in College Students: Study
Date:5/16/2011

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After the researchers adjusted the results to reduce the risk that they'd be thrown off by factors such as the various intelligence levels of the participants, they found that the drinkers scored worse on some parts of the word memory test, but not the detail test.

This doesn't prove that drinking reduces memory skills, however. It only shows that the two may be connected. It's also not clear if the effects will last for the long term.

If alcohol is at fault, Parada said, it may have something to do with its effects on the parts of the brain that take the longest to develop or those that are most vulnerable to the damaging effects of booze.

The study appears online May 16 and in the August print issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.

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For more on binge drinking, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SOURCES: Aaron White, Ph.D., program director, Underage and College Drinking Prevention Research, Division of Epidemiology and Prevention Research, U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Bethesda, Md.; Maria Parada, Ph.D., postdoctoral researcher, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Spain; August 2011, Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research


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