Brains: Development Happens.

Brains: Development Happens.

The brain is the epicenter of all life. Without it, we don’t breathe, make decisions, or even move our bodies.

Teens damaging their developing brains by using alcohol underage can have big consequences both now and down the road.

As our children age, we lose track of how fast they’re growing and developing. Research shows the brain develops well into someone’s twenties, long past when children are typically considered grown and longer than many adults realize.

Yes, alcohol can make a person act how they wouldn’t normally, but do you know why? It’s because alcohol can affect the areas of the brain responsible for decision-making and judgment. Alcohol at this age “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.

The Dangers of Underage Drinking

Not only do underage drinkers put themselves in danger, but they also put others in jeopardy if they get behind the wheel or exhibit violent behavior.

Learn more about binge drinking, social hosting and alcohol use disorders in teens.