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Binge drinking in our teens can lead to anxiety later in life.

Researchers from University of Illinois at Chicago discovered that binge drinking in adolescence increases our risk of developing a mental illness, like anxiety, later in life. This is true even if we stop the bad habit while still in adolescence.

This study exposed adolescent rats to alcohol, on and off, over a course of 14 days. Researchers found that these rats displayed anxious behavior in their adult lives, even when the binge drinking regimen ceased in late adolescence.

Researchers say exposure to alcohol in adolescence comes with long-lasting effects. These individuals are at a greater risk of suffering from mental health issues later.


University of Illinois at Chicago. (2019, March 11). Binge drinking in adolescence may increase risk for anxiety later in life. ScienceDaily. Retrieved March 21, 2019 from

Taylor Bennett

Taylor Bennett

Taylor Bennett is a staff writer at Thriveworks. She devotes herself to distributing important information about mental health and wellbeing, writing mental health news and self-improvement tips daily. Taylor received her bachelor’s degree in multimedia journalism, with minors in professional writing and leadership from Virginia Tech. She has published content on Thought Catalog, Odyssey, and The Traveling Parent.

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