Submitted via IRC for Bytram
Although drinking by U.S. adolescents has decreased during the last decade, more than 20 percent of U.S. high-school students continue to drink alcohol before the age of 14 years. This can have adverse effects on their neurodevelopment. For example, youth who initiate drinking before 14 years of age are four times more likely to develop psychosocial, psychiatric, and substance-use difficulties than those who begin drinking after turning 20 years of age. Little is known about how the age of alcohol-use onset influences brain development. This is the first study to assess the association between age of adolescent drinking onset and neurocognitive performance, taking into account pre-existing cognitive function.
AND see also: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/acer.13503
(Score: 1) by Ethanol-fueled on Sunday November 05 2017, @07:25PM
Hangovers aren't bad if you're in a good environment. There is always the physical discomfort but also some mania and horniness from the GABA rebound. Hangovers can make people more sociable at work on Mondays, or otherwise feel in a good mood (though not physically).
There are situations when hangovers do suck, and that is when the rest of your life sucks so badly that being hungover is like waking up from a really good dream only to find yourself disappointed by reality. Or when you wake up in the pokey after being arrested for pissing on that busy street corner.
It is fun watching my fellow drunks get stupid. Fighting, peeing on street corners, lawyers dropping their pants in the stadium parking lot after the ball game, I've seen it all. One time I tried to break up a fight between two drunk women and all I had to show for it was getting both their drinks splashed all over me.