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Binge Drinking Effects on EEG in Young Adult Humans

Author(s): Kelly E. Courtney | John Polich

Journal: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
ISSN 1660-4601

Volume: 7;
Issue: 5;
Start page: 2325;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: binge drinking | CNS | EEG | young adults | undergraduates

Young adult (N = 96) university students who varied in their binge drinking history were assessed by electroencephalography (EEG) recording during passive viewing. Groups consisted of male and female non-binge drinkers (>1 to 5/4 drinks/ounces in under two hours), low-binge drinkers (5/4–7/6 drinks/ounces in under two hours), and high-binge drinkers (≥ 10 drinks/ounces in under two hours), who had been drinking alcohol at their respective levels for an average of 3 years. The non- and low-binge drinkers exhibited less spectral power than the high-binge drinkers in the delta (0–4 Hz) and fast-beta (20–35 Hz) bands. Binge drinking appears to be associated with a specific pattern of brain electrical activity in young adults that may reflect the future development of alcoholism.
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