Long term use of Ecstasy runs the
risk of causing damage to the brain leading to significant memory loss, says a
study by experts at the Academic Research Centre in Amsterdam.
During the study, researchers
compared the size of brains among people who have used over 250 tablets of
Ecstasy over 6and1/2-years and 7-participants who have never taken this drug. It was found that long term use of this
Class-A drug causes hippocampus (shrinking of the brain's memory store) by
about 10%. It
was seen that on an average the overall proportion of grey matter was 4.6% lower
among Ecstasy users. Alzheimer sufferers have smaller
This study has been published by the
British Medical Journal. However it has been dismissed by Professor David Nutt,
the Government's former chief drugs adviser on the grounds that the research
lacked enough subjects to provide 'definitive evidence'.