Adolescents And Young Adults With Alcohol-use Disorders Have A Smaller Prefrontal Cortex, ScienceDaily Bookmark and Share

Excerpts: Alcohol-use disorders (AUDs) are known to be associated with abnormalities of the prefrontal cortex, thalamus and the cerebellar hemispheres in adults. A study of these same brain structures in adolescents and young adults with AUDs has found a smaller prefrontal cortex. Future research will need to determine if a smaller prefrontal cortex represents a vulnerability to, or a consequence of, early-onset drinking. Previous research has shown that alcohol-use disorders (AUDs) are associated with abnormalities of the prefrontal cortex, thalamus and the cerebellar hemispheres in adults. These same brain structures are known to be actively maturing during adolescence. (...)