Drinking alcohol is not healthyEven the glass of wine that is usually recommended every day has adverse effects: from the increased likelihood of breast cancer to many other cancers.
That can happen whether you are an occasional drinker or if you drink often. Even if you only drink on weekends. In the latter case, if you do it even as a teenager, it can have a negative impact not only on you, but also in the brain of your future children.
According to a study carried out by researchers at the Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University in Chicago, compulsively getting drunk on weekends, which is very common among teenagers, can cause severe brain disorders, but those changes also they can be inherited by the children that these teenagers have.
The study to evaluate the effects of alcohol binge on the brain of the descendants was a study with rats. The genes present in the hypothalamus presented molecular changes that could alter the 'switches' of brain genes. The number of molecular alterations in the DNA was greater if both parents were 'drinkers'.
You still can't make sure the same thing happens in the case of humans, but as you point Toni Pak:
While it is true that the findings achieved with an animal model do not necessarily have to be extrapolated to humans, there are very significant similarities between this animal model and humans, in the case of their alcohol metabolism, the functions of the hypothalamus and the pattern of ' binge drinking '.