Binge-Drinking Adolescents May Alter The Brain of Their Future Offspring!

Admin | Published 2016-12-22 18:44

Adolescents drink like they hold the future in their hands. In this new study, it seems like they do.

What we do to our body today will eventually affect the biological make up of our offspring. Just as what we deprive our body of can also affect the development of our offspring. For instance, a recent study finds that a mother's vitamin D deficiency puts the baby at risk of autism. What's considered as binge drinking is when large quantities of alcohol is consumed in a short period of time, or in extreme cases, in one drinking session. What exactly will happen to a future offspring when an adolescent whether male or female goes into binge alcohol abuse? A study conducted by researchers from Loyola University Chicago injected male and female rats with alcohol in a dosage equivalent to six bingeing episodes. The researchers then paired them up, adding non-exposed rats so they can reproduce an offspring. This group would result to pairings of both male and female rats exposed to alcohol; and one of each pair not exposed to alcohol. The results showed that the brain of the offspring of at least one alcohol-exposed parent was altered. The hypothalamus, for instance, which is the area of the brain responsible for sleep, stress, reproduction and eating was immensely affected. In the result, alcohol-exposed mothers showed 159 gene change in the offspring and 93 in the offspring of alcohol-exposed fathers, while 244 genes in the offspring of both parents exposed. These may be done on rats, but a lot of experiments that were done on rats in the past have successfully brought us the marvel of today's pharmacological and technological advancement. In the recent months, experiments on mice will soon provide treatments on aging, brittle bone disease, among others. To safeguard your future son and daughter's wellness, it's best to drink alcohol in moderation and consider this bingeing habit as something that you need to break. See: Alcohol Flush Reaction: Blame Genes and Race
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