This brief video provides information from FCD prevention specialists about the impact of alcohol use on a developing teen brain. We encourage you to share this link as a prevention conversation starter with the adolescents in your life.
Tip: Using alcohol and marijuana shuts down 10-11 of the 13 geographic regions of the brain, reaction diminishes significantly.
Using alcohol and marijuana can cause significant negative effects on an individual. Marijuana impacts your coordination, resulting in decreased ability to move, react and stay balanced. The use of alcohol controls the brain in many ways and can result in difficulty walking, blurred vision, slurred speech, slowed reaction times and impaired memory. Think about these facts before using alcohol or marijuana.
The teenage years are “the last, great neuroplastic era in our lifetimes,” according to Steinberg, referring to the brain’s continued capacity for intellectual and emotional growth. The same emerging circuitry that makes teenagers vulnerable to risky behavior and mood swings also confers significant advantage on adolescent learners. To read the full article click here.
“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.