Adolescent brain development and alcohol abuse

Ken C. Winters

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Adolescence is a time when a young person forges a sense of self, experiments with independence, and seeks new experiences. This developmental period is also likely to be the years when we observe behaviors that reflect how social pressures and thrill-seeking can override common sense. The juvenile brain responds more quickly and more intensively to excitement, arousal, and rewards. It also may be more vulnerable to the effects of alcohol, which may place youth at an elevated risk for alcohol abuse and for early damage to their brain if alcohol is used. Channeling adolescent exuberance toward healthy and growth-enriching experiences is a vital priority for our schools and communities, as well as being among the important tasks for parents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Global Drug Policy and Practice
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009


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