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Binge-drinking hits teenage girls harder than it does boys, study shows

Binge-drinking hits teenage girls harder than it does boys, study shows

Binge-drinking can have a long-lasting negative effect on the brains of teenage girls, hitting them harder than it does young boys, a study released on Friday shows. -- PHOTO: AFP WASHINGTON - BINGE-DRINKING can have a long-lasting negative effect on the brains of teenage girls, hitting them harder than it does young boys, a study released on Friday shows. Researchers from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and Stanford University found that girls who binge-drink - defined as having four or more drinks for women and five or more for men - showed less activity in several brain regions than teetotal teenagers, both girl and boy, the study said. 'These differences in brain activity were linked to worse performance on other measures of attention and working memory ability,' Stanford University psychiatry professor Susan Tapert, a co-author of the study, said. 'This...

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