18 Jul '11, 4am

Teenage girls' brain activity more affected by alcohol than boys: Research

Teenage girls' brain activity more affected by alcohol than boys: Research

Researchers from the US found that girls who binge-drink showed less activity in several brain regions than teetotal teenagers, both girl and boy. -- PHOTO: ST WASHINGTON- BINGE-drinking can have a long-lasting negative effect on the brains of teenaged girls, hitting them harder than it does young boys, a study 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 suggests that female teens may be part...

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