Monday, April 6, 2015

Adolescent Drinking Affects Adult Behavior Through Long-Lasting Changes In Genes

Science Daily, April 2, 2015

"Binge-drinking during adolescence may perturb brain development at a critical time and leave lasting effects on genes and behavior that persist into adulthood. The findings, by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine using an animal model, are reported online in the journal Neurobiology of Disease.

'This may be the mechanism through which adolescent binge-drinking increases the risk for psychiatric disorders, including alcoholism, in adulthood,' says lead author Subhash Pandey, professor of psychiatry and director of neuroscience alcoholism research at UIC.

Pandey and his colleagues used experimental rats to investigate the effects of intermittent alcohol exposure during the adolescent stage of development." Read More.

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