Did You Know Your Brain is Growing Through Your Mid-twenties? Drinking Before it’s Fully Developed can do Permanent Damage.
Alcohol always has short-term effects on the brain, like impairing judgment and coordination, but it can also have longterm consequences.
Some studies show that heavy drinking as a teen can reduce the size of the prefrontal cortex and hippocampus, two critical parts of the brain. These changes can harm learning and memory even years down the road.
Your brain is one of your most important organs. It’s behind ever y thought, feeling and action.
WITH ALL THE WAYS YOUR BRAIN HELPS YOU OUT, THE LEAST YOU CAN DO IS PROTECT IT FROM ALCOHOL. DON’T DRINK WHILE UNDERAGE.
Talking to Your Kids
Starting the Discussion About Drug and Alcohol Use with Your Kids
Parents face a tough dilemma about substance use: we may want our children to abstain from alcohol and drug use but what do we do if they are not? Besides the effects of substance use on the developing brain, teens using substances may face very serious consequences.