Brain: Development Happens.

Brain: Development Happens.

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When your child is small, it’s easy to be acutely aware of their growth patterns and how fast they’re growing. As they age, it’s easy to lose that awareness as they grow in other ways.

Research says brains develop well into the twenties, long after children are typically considered “grown.” Learning some facts about brain development can make you feel more confident when you connect with your teen about not drinking alcohol underage.

  • Alcohol use can affect the areas of the brain responsible for decision-making and judgment.
  • Alcohol use underage “has more potential to disrupt brain function in areas critical to motivation, memory, learning, judgment, and behavior control.”
  • Alcohol use can interfere with how brain cells communicate.

Source: Funded in whole or in part by the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery through a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration.

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.

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