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Brain injuries: Alcohol consumption a problem for students

The desire for young women to be accepted into campus sororities in Ontario could have life-long consequences. The previous belief that the most critical time for brain development is during infancy has made way for research results that indicate differently. Alcohol consumption at any age could damage the brain. Brain injuries caused by accidents are not the only way in which the brain can be damaged.

The area of the brain that is crucial for long- and short-term memory is called the hippocampus. Research results indicate that excessive alcohol consumption causes shrinkage of the hippocampus. Blackout drinking, which is memory loss while remaining conscious, appears to increase the damage. Alarming results of surveys show that one in every two young college students admit to drinking enough alcohol to cause a blackout, and many say they do this frequently.

Furthermore, the messaging system of the brain is affected by frequent heavy drinking. Drugs and alcohol alter the messages from the brain, while it also slows down the transmission of signals. Ultimately, it affects college students' learning ability and affects them socially, academically, and their ability to perform well in sports.

Brain injuries caused by the negligence of others could give rise to personal injury lawsuits, regardless of whether it is a car accident or a hazing ritual at a college. Parents who suspect that their children were forced or coerced into heavy drinking during sorority or fraternity hazing might have grounds to pursue a claim for damage recovery. The sensible step would be to consult with an Ontario lawyer with extensive experience in dealing with legal matters related to brain injuries. Legal counsel can assess the circumstances, explain the available legal options and provide advocacy throughout ensuing legal proceedings.

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