“Booster Shots” on New Binge Drinking Study

Shari Roan of the Los Angeles Times‘ “Booster Shots” blog wrote a post yesterday about a new study on binge drinking that sheds more light on the dangers of excessive consumption. According to the study, college students who described themselves as regular heavy drinkers “performed considerably worse on a test measuring attention and memory skills compared¬†with students who didn’t binge.” Alberto Crego, one of the co-authors of the study, warned that even infrequent binge drinking can have detrimental effects on memory and cognition:

“Healthy adolescents and young people who partake in intermittent consumption of large amounts of alcohol — otherwise known as binge drinking — even only once or twice¬† a week, and who do not display chronic alcohol consumption or alcohol dependence may nonetheless suffer alterations at the electrophysiological level in attentional and working memory processing.”

Given the recent news that binge drinking among college students has not improved (and in some cases has worsened) in the past 25 years, this study offers more evidence that new approaches to the problem of toxic drinking are needed. The study will be published in an upcoming edition of the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.

One Response to ““Booster Shots” on New Binge Drinking Study”

  1. Edwin Says:

    The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with an alcohol education program. The research shows a consequence of binge drinking in those aged 18-20 that memory and attention skills deteriorate because of binge drinking. Binge drinking by university students hasn’t decreased moderately since the 1980s, thus solutions which include lowering the drinking age to 18 and alcohol licesning must commence. The research shouldn’t be used a scare tactic but as one to only tie in a consequence of binge drinking.