You just know this post is about drinking! Apparently it would appear that alcohol, even small amounts of it, are detrimental to the growth of a young person’s brain. Brains are not fully developed until the age of 25 and alcohol does affect its growth. I refer to the development of a teen-plus brain and I don’t mean growth in physical terms, more the fine sculpting that goes on within, the delicate creation of connections and synaptic links.
There is an article in the Sunday Times about it. Binge drinking in teenagers has a significant effect on the emotional development centres. Leaving them ’emotionally retarded’. It goes on to reiterate previous findings that parents who allow their children to learn ‘sensible’ drinking habits, such as a watered down glass of wine with their meal, are actually creating a nonchalant behaviour to alcohol which may unwittingly make their children dependent on alcohol in the future.
But I wasn’t brought up on alcohol whereas my husband was. I do not, and have never, drunk wine or beer with the same fervour as my husband. Yet I am the one who is mentally deficient while his brain functions with such precision it means he’s always in demand when in comes to playing Trivial Pursuit. At one time I could blame it on pregnancy hormones but, after having our IQs tested, I have to finally admit that he is more intelligent than I. Not much more but he tried to assure me it is a sliding scale, logarithmic like the Richter scale, and so his additional two points makes him almost twice as intelligent. I’m not that gullible but…
However, he gets nowhere near the same amount of pleasure from simple things like a bar of chocolate,a good book or Love Actually.
In conclusion – we are obviously the case that disproves the current rule.