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Relationship of binge drinking with impairments affecting memory and executive function among university students: a cross-sectional study in northern Spain

Abstract: Binge drinking (BD) is a common practice among college students. Alcohol consumption may affect brain structures that continue to develop in early adulthood. The aim of this study was to analyze the relationship of BD with impairments affecting memory and executive function among university students. A cross-sectional study was conducted among students (aged 18?30 years) enrolled for the academic year 2018?2019 at the Faculty of Nursing of the University of Cantabria (Spain). Data collection included sociodemographic and academic information, together with alcohol and drug use information, collected by means of a semi-structured questionnaire. A battery of validated tests was used to gather neuropsychological variables. A total of 142 participants were included, of which 88.03% were women. Up to 38.03% were classified as BD. No differences were found in memory tests. Regarding executive function, better performance in the Stroop Color andWord Test was observed in non-BD but the results were not statistically significant. In conclusion, no relationship was found between memory and executive function and BD, although better performance in executive function, specifically inhibitory control, was observed in non-BD.

 Fuente: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2021, 18(21), 11508

 Editorial: MDPI

 Año de publicación: 2021

 Nº de páginas: 12

 Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.3390/ijerph182111508

 ISSN: 1661-7827,1660-4601

 Url de la publicación: https:// doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182111508