How Alcohol Affects
The Teenage Brain
The human brain continues to develop until a person is around age 25 years old. A huge burst of brain development occurs during adolescence and drinking alcohol during this crucial brain growth period can damage parts of the brain that control memory, judgment and decision making, impulse control and motor control.
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