"Binge-drinking rats continued to show neurotoxicity in the hippocampus long after (in rat years) becoming sober. ... The binges activate an inflammatory response in rat brains rather than a pure regrowth of normal neuronal cells. Even after longstanding sobriety this inflammatory response translates into a tendency to stay the course, a diminished capacity for relearning and maladaptive decision-making."
hey didnt bush used to be an alcoholic?