Your Developing Brain
The following are findings from a research study on the brains of adolescent drinkers.
- Adolescent drinkers scored lower on tests of vocabulary, general information, and memory
- Greater damage to hippocampus - responsible for memory and learning
- Drinking can cause severe changes in prefrontal cortex – planning, decision making, and judgment
- Affects sleep cycle and release of growth hormones
- Research Findings, AMA, 2009