The teenage years are a wondrous, unforgettable time, as the body is going through radical (and sometimes awkward) changes. The teenage body and mind are in the process of substantial development. These years are crucial for proper development and any decisions made within this time frame will affect the structural development of the brain and cognitive growth. A substance that the teenage brain is especially vulnerable to is alcohol. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), alcohol is the most commonly used and misused drug among young people in the United States.
It’s Not Rocket Science… It’s Neuroscience!