Unfortunately, young teenagers often experiment with alcohol. However, we all know that heavy drinking and adolescence don’t go well together at all. The impact of binge drinking can be disastrous for adults and their health as well, but a new study suggests that binge drinking can affect a brain of future generations.
Research conducted on rats proves that when blood alcohol rises above 0.08% on six occasions and when rats mate, their offspring has certain genes turned off that are usually not active. Researchers stressed that both parents play a significant role, not only mothers.
When researchers compared the results to control group that wasn’t exposed to alcohol, they spotted 244 changes in the offspring of fathers and mothers who had a binge drinking routine. When only mothers were exposed to alcohol, researchers detected 159 changes compared to 93 changes when only fathers had binge drinking routine.
Observed changes were located in the hypothalamus, the central part of the brain that regulates stress, eating, sleep and reproduction.
The results suggest parent’s drinking habits have a great impact on the future generations on a neurological level. The experiment was conducted on rats, and it’s hard to say do they apply to humans, but according to researchers, it’s likely that they do.
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Gildshire Editor, Elvira Barucija