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Alcohol harms the brain in teen years –– before and after that, too
- By Claire McCarthy, MD, Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing
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Claire McCarthy, MD, Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing
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I drank excessively from my late teens well into my mid-thirties. I’m now 44, and have been experiencing some memory loss. I’m wondering if I did permanent brain damage?
Very informative post. Loved reading it. Thank You for sharing it.
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Is occasional drinking from 16 to 21 any worse then breathing in fumes from motor vehicles every day (if you walk anywhere, sit in traffic, etc), and from diesel trucks & pickups? Diesel buses where the towns/cities haven’t yet switched to natural gas fueled buses?
where’s the article on that type of exposure? Or health issues related exposure to the herbicides used on lawns, trees, etc., BPA & other endocrine-affected chemical compounds?
@Azure: This article warns specifically about the effects of alcohol on brain development in adolescence, when the brain is going through a unique set of developmental changes. Overexposure to exhaust fumes, pesticides & herbicides is not good either, but the long term effects are of these on development are beyond the scope of this article.
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