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When teens drink, alcohol affects their brains in the short-term, and repeated drinking can also have an impact on the brain down the road, especially as it grows and develops.
Short-Term Consequences of Intoxication (being "drunk"):

  • An intoxicated person has a harder time making good decisions.  They also have impaired motor coordination.
  • A person is less aware that his/her behavior may be inappropriate or unsafe.
  • A person has a greater risk of being injured from falls or vehicle crashes.
  • A person may be more likely to engage in unsafe behavior, including drinking
    and driving, unsafe sexual behavior (like unprotected sex) and aggressive or
    violent behavior.
  • A person is less likely to recognize potential danger.
    Long-Term Consequences as the Teen Brain Develops:
  • Research suggests that drinking during the teen years could interfere with
    normal brain development and change the brain in ways that:
  • Have negative effects on information processing and learning.
  • Increase the risk of developing alcohol use disorder later in life.

Consequences of Underage Drinking:
Youth who drink alcohol are more likely to experience

  • School problems, such as higher absence and poor or failing grades.
  • Social problems, such as fighting and lack of participation in youth
  • Legal problems, such as arrest for driving or physically hurting someone
    while drunk.
  • Physical problems, such as hangovers or illnesses.
  • Unwanted, unplanned, and unprotected sexual activity.
  • Disruption of normal growth and sexual development.
  • Physical and sexual assault.
  • Higher risk for suicide and homicide.
  • Alcohol-related car crashes and other unintentional injuries, such as burns,falls, and drowning.
  • Memory problems.
  • Misuse of other drugs.
  • Changes in brain development that may have life-long effects.
  • Death from alcohol poisoning.

The Effects of Alcohol on the Teen Brain


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