According to a recent article published on ScienceDaily, researchers at the University of Texas say that the age at which adolescents using marijuana can alter the typical course of brain development, compromising brain structures that are responsible for higher order thinking.
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A new infographic from addictionblog.org about the impact of alcohol on the body.
Yesterday I posted the results of a study that found an increased risk of accidental and intentional death among women and young people with alcohol use disorders. Now there is a brand new study, published online by the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research (September 2015) that indicates that over the last decade, women have begun to drink much more similarly to men.
Study: Women and Young People with Alcohol Use Disorders Face Higher Risk of Accidental Death and Suicide
Recent research indicates that women and young people may experience an elevated risk of death as a result of alcohol use disorders.
Rick Nauert reports on PsychCentral about a study by investigators from Northwestern University concerning the adverse impact of teens’ daily marijuana smoking on the shape and function of the hippocampus, a brain structure that plays a key role in the preservation of long-term memories.
“Our study provides definitive evidence that in heavy cannabis users, there is a detectable deficit of striatal dopamine release using an amphetamine challenge,” said Dr Weinstein. “Within the striatum, the subdivisions seem to have a different pattern, in contrast to reports of other substance abuse. And our exploratory analysis suggests that the deficits we are seeing in dopamine release in the striatum have a functional significance — that lower dopamine release is associated with lower working memory and learning performance.”