Alcohol and the Teenage Brain

Did you know?  Drinking in adolescence can be harmful to young people’s physical development, particularly brain development.  Adolescence is a critical period in a young person’s development towards adulthood.  What they learn during their teenage years, and how they learn it, can set the young person’s path for later life.  Alcohol consumption during this time can bring learning difficulties, memory problems and other problems later in life.  Click here for fact sheet from the Department of Education (Victoria)

Sarah-Janye Blakmore is Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London and a leading social neuroscientist of adolescent development. Cognitive neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore compares the prefrontal cortex in adolescents to that of adults, to show us how typically “teenage” behavior is caused by the growing and developing brain.

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