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People who binge-drink show more extensive dysfunction across their brains than previously realised, a new study from the University of Sussex has shown.

Binge-drinkers' brains have to put more effort into trying to feel empathy for other people in pain, according to a study published in the Neuroimage: Clinical journal.

Study involved 71 participants whose brain activity was observed in fMRI scanners while undertaking a pain perception task.

Half of these people were classified as binge-drinkers and half were not. The binge-drinkers were sober while they were being observed.

Participants were shown an image of a limb being injured, and asked to imagine either that the body part was theirs, or that of another person, and to state how much pain was associated with the image.

The binge-drinking participants struggled more than their non-binge-drinking counterparts when trying to adopt the perspective of another person experiencing the pain.

They took more time to respond and the scans revealed that their brains had to work harder -- to use more neural resources -- to appreciate how intensely another person would feel pain.

A visual area of the brain, which is involved in recognising body parts, showed unusually high levels of activation in the binge-drinkers. This was not true in the non-binge drinkers who looked at the same images.

When the binge-drinkers were asked to imagine the injured body part in the picture as their own, their pain estimate was not different from that of their non-binge drinking counterparts.

Binge drinking is defined as consuming more than 60 g of pure alcohol -- (equivalent to about three quarters of one bottle of wine, or 2½ pints of lager) on at least one occasion in the past 30 days.

Source: https://neurosciencenews.com/empathy-binge-drinking-16996/
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