Brain functions of teenagers are likely to be hampered if they indulge in excessive drinking. This was reported in a study conducted by Thomas Heffernan a psychologist from Northumbria University.
Alcohol and nicotine are reported to cause significant memory loss in young age which could extend into adulthood. According to doctors excessive drinking hinders the development of brain at a very crucial stage.
Dr. Thomas Heffernan analyzed more than one hundred college students in the age group of 16-19 years. The heavy drinkers found it very difficult to remember simple tasks while the excessive smokers had problems recalling events in the distant future.
Lung cancer and liver cirrhosis are attributed to smoking and drinking and is widely known. But a harmful effect of these two habits on the brain activity is more dangerous.
Dr. Thomas Heffernan also feels that teenage years are very crucial for the structural and functional development of the brain and excessive drinking and smoking in these formative years may block this significant development. This may result in more severe problems with memory later in life.
Frank Soodeen spokesman from Alcohol Concern said that parents need to be more responsible and educate their children about alcohol misuse.