“During adolescence, the brain is highly flexible. Teenagers are constantly taking in new information and forming ideas, opinions and connections.”
Tip: Regularly drinking alcohol before your teen brain is fully developed can impact impulse-control and the memory and learning areas of the brain.
Brain development is still occurring between the ages of 12-26 and scientific research has shown that binge-drinking or regularly drinking alcohol as a teen can result in irreversible brain change.
This video from Turning Point states, “Adolescence is a key period of growth and development, with the brain also changing enormously during this period. Recent research suggests that these maturational changes make the adolescent brain more vulnerable to the damaging effects of alcohol, with areas associated with memory and learning particularly affected.”
This 4 minute video shows the impact of alcohol and the teenage brain.
Tip: Scientific research has shown that alcohol can harm teen brain development.
Alcohol slows down brain activity; and the negative effects of alcohol lasts far longer in a teen brain than in an adult (up to two weeks). Good judgment and impulse-control may not properly develop in the brain and memory and learning areas of the brain are also impacted by alcohol use.
From the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids: Have ever looked at your teenager and wondered: “Why does my teen do that?”
From mood swings to risk taking, “normal teenage behavior” can appear to be anything-but-normal to parents and other bystanders. However, new research reveals that patterns of brain development during these formative years play a significant role in shaping your teen’s personality and actions.
Scientists are beginning to learn that it takes a brain about 25 years to fully develop, and that a huge burst of development happens during adolescence. That burst can explain a lot of unpredictable – and sometimes risky – teen behavior.