Drug Users Have 10% less Hippocampus

Drug Users Have 10% less Hippocampus

A new study has revealed that drug users face a risk of brain damage, memory loss and all these are more likely to grow with Alzheimer's disease. The Dutch researchers revealed that previous studies have found that drug users can develop serious memory problems. The Journal Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry has published this study.

According to MRI reports, it has been found that long-term users of illegal drug ecstasy have 10.5% less memory, and 4.6% less overall gray matter. They have been found with reduction in hippocampus, the part of the brain controlling memory.

The MRI scans have been done on 10 men of the age of 20 who all were long-term users of ecstasy and 7 of those who never had drugs in order to measure the hippocampus. During the study, people had not taken drugs from 2 months at least, but on an average they had taken 281 ecstasy tablets over the prior 6 months.

Meanwhile, researchers have said that the long-term use of ecstasy is not only limited to the hippocampus, but it also leads to Alzheimer's disease.

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