Alcoholism has been considered a life-threatening addiction with financial costs and more to individuals as well as the society in general. A recent finding from medical experts say binge drinking can affect your unborn children, and it is worse so for teenagers.
The effects of excessive drinking are too numerous to mention – alcohol poisoning, unwanted pregnancy, risk of sexually transmitted diseases, violent crimes, suicide and more.
According to a CBS report, it has been confirmed that young people who engage in excessive drinking may be risking the future of their unborn children, apart from the direct harmful effects.
The new study from doctors at Loyola University confirms that alcoholism in teens, exposes the brain function of their future kids to danger.
Excessive drinking can alter the genes in their brains, causing depression, anxiety, and metabolic disorders, the doctors added.
Though the study was reportedly conducted on rats which metabolise alcohol the same way as humans, the U.S. Centers For Disease Control And Prevention (CDC) reveals:
New estimates show that binge drinking* is a bigger problem than previously thought.
More than 38 million US adults binge drink, about 4 times a month, and the largest number of drinks per binge is on average 8.
This behavior greatly increases the chances of getting hurt or hurting others due to car crashes, violence, and suicide.
Drinking too much, including binge drinking, causes 80,000 deaths in the US each year and, in 2006 cost the economy $223.5 billion.
Binge drinking is a problem in all states, even in states with fewer binge drinkers, because they are binging more often and in larger amounts.