Hyper-brain connectivity in binge drinking college students: a diffusion tensor imaging study

Neurocase. 2017 Jun-Aug;23(3-4):179-186. doi: 10.1080/13554794.2017.1347264. Epub 2017 Jul 10.


The current study used diffusion tensor imaging to examine patterns/degree of brain connectivity in 12 college-aged binge drinking (BD) and 12 moderate drinking individuals. Voxel-level and region-of-interest analyses revealed increased connectivity of the BD brain in the right corona radiata, right external capsule, and both the right and left cingulum. Also, fractional anisotropy and axial diffusivity values of these regions correlated with a number of drinking behaviors of the BD as well as both groups combined. It is hypothesized that increased connectivity in the BD may produce difficulties with regulatory control, contributing to their propensity to binge.

Keywords: Connectivity; DTI; binge drinking; regulatory control.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Alcohol Drinking in College*
  • Binge Drinking / diagnostic imaging
  • Binge Drinking / pathology*
  • Brain / diagnostic imaging
  • Brain / pathology*
  • Diffusion Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Diffusion Tensor Imaging
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Students
  • Young Adult