In this June 6, 2008 file photo, a row of freshly poured draft beers are seen in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
In this June 6, 2008 file photo, a row of freshly poured draft beers are seen in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
In this June 6, 2008 file photo, a row of freshly poured draft beers are seen in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

(India Times) – “In the eyes of the law, once people reach the age of 18, they are considered adult but the brain continues to mature and refine all the way into the mid-20s,” explained lead author Mary-Louise Risher, post-doctoral researcher at Duke University.

It is important for young people to know that when they drink heavily during this period of development, “there could be changes occurring that have a lasting impact on memory and other cognitive functions,” Risher noted.

The researchers periodically exposed young rodents to a level of alcohol during adolescence that, in humans, would result in impairment, but not sedation.

Afterward, these animals received no further exposure to alcohol, and grew into adulthood — which in rats occurred within 24 to 29 days.

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