Alcohol: Alcohol and
the Developing Brain
Youth alcohol use isn’t an acceptable “rite of passage”, and it can pose serious risks to young people, whose brains are still developing. The brain undergoes crucial development during adolescence, and can be very sensitive to the effects of alcohol. Research shows that underage alcohol use can negatively impact brain functions including balance, motor coordination, and decision-making. In addition, research shows that the developing brain can be impacted by long-term consequences of alcohol use.
The adolescent brain can be very sensitive to the effects of alcohol.