Empathy Requires More Effort For Binge Drinkers

Cadrene Heslop

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According to the CDC, binge drinking is a serious but preventable problem. This habit is a pattern that increases blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to 0.08g/dl or above. It occurs when a man consumes five alcoholic drinks and a woman has four alcoholic drinks in about 2 hours.

Research has discovered that binge drinking causes brain damage and memory loss. The Duke University researchers found that alcohol affected the adolescent brain more. And that fermented beverages impaired brain receptors responsible for memory and learning. "We are not concerned about college students who only drink ​one or two drinks now and then. We are concerned about heavy drinkers."

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New study results imply chronic heavy drinking impairs brain receptors responsible for empathy. Empathy is the ability to understand the emotions of others and see things from their point of view. This understanding helps you to feel sympathy for other people. When you empathize with someone, you can offer support and build an emotional bond.

But heavy drinking reduces your ability to empathize. For the investigation, the brains of non-drinkers and binge drinkers got scanned. During the scan, the participants saw images of injured limbs. The binge drinkers had a hard time imagining the injured limbs belonging to someone else.

Heavy drinking habits make it challenging to feel empathy when other people are in pain. This change occurs because you have to put in more effort to see things from the other person's point of view. According to Alcohol Think Again, you can set yourself a limit. Sip alcoholic alternatives and drink only after dinner to reduce your alcohol consumption.

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