Binge drinking and the adolescent brain
Adolescence is a critical period for brain development, with active rewiring of circuitry necessary for successful development of “adult” adaptive patterns of behaviour, particularly the frontal lobe and its connections. In Australia, adolescence is also marked by the excessive consumption of alcohol and binge drinking. This study is examining effects of binge alcohol consumption in 16-17 year olds using questionnaires, magnetic resonance imaging and cognitive testing. It aims to determine whether binge consumption of alcohol is impacting adolescent brain and cognitive development.