A study has determined that binge drinking among young people can alter the gut microbiome.
The research included 71 participants between the ages of 18 and 25 who reported alcohol use and initiated neuropsychological evaluation.
From eBioMedicine: “Craving was measured at baseline and three months later. Diet was controlled for. Blood, saliva and hair samples were taken for inflammatory, kynurenine and cortisol analysis. Stool samples were provided for shotgun metagenomic sequencing and short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) were measured.”
“Binge drinking was associated with distinct microbiome alterations and emotional recognition difficulties.”
“Associations were found for several microbiome species with emotional processing and impulsivity. Craving showed a strong link with alterations in microbiome composition and neuroactive potential over time.”
The study was released on February 2, 2023.