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Alcohol binge drinking

Recruitment of medial prefrontal cortex neurons during alcohol withdrawal predicts cognitive impairment and excessive alcohol drinking.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of the United States of America.

Olivier George, Chelsea Sanders, John Freiling, Edward Grigoryan, Shayla Vu, Camryn D. Allen, Elena Crawford, Chitra D. Mandyam, and George F. Koob

"The researchers linked the rats’ impairment to a small group of brain cells, or neurons, in the prefrontal cortex of the brain, which normally act as a brake on emotional and impulsive behaviour."

The daily mail, UK

"The pattern of knocking back a few drinks every few days, followed by days of no drinking, can cause more brain damage in rats than drinking moderately every day, says Olivier George neuroscientist from The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla.​"

The Huffington Post, USA

"The finding, if confirmed in studies of humans, could lead to better treatments, preventive approaches and diagnostic tests for problem drinking and possibly other addiction-like behaviours."

The Times of India, India

See also "Is binge drinking worse than daily drinking?"​​

​Contribution to the International Human Press

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