Alcohol's Harmful Effects on The Adolescent Brain
Alcohol is one of the most physically and psychologically harmful substances a human being could possibly choose to put into their body. But while alcohol is potentially harmful to anyone whom may consume it, it is significantly more harmful to teenage drinkers, particularly when it comes to their still-developing adolescent brain.
Needless to say, when it comes to alcohol's harmful effects on the adolescent brain, consequences may be severe and last far beyond teenage years - perhaps even life-long.
During the crucial developmental period of adolescence, brain development undergoes dramatic physiological and structural changes as well as a crucial re-wiring of the neurons. These changes can bring about critical affects to functionalities such as sexuality, emotional maturity, and impulsive judgment.
And to add even more complex factors into the mix, not all sections of the teenage brain mature at the same time. For example, the limbic sections of the brain mature before the frontal lobes. This can be deeply problematic when you consider the fact that the limbic areas regulate complex emotions, while the frontal lobe's functionality regulates a teen's impulse control.
In other words, the teenage brain inherently has a biological difficulty with using problem-solving or impulse control when navigating intense emotions such as depression, anxiety, or even feelings of intense elation. Of course, this mismatched development in the brain, in conjunction with the consumption of alcohol, can easily result in a teenage boy or girl acting on impulsivity and implement rash decision-making that may end in temporarily disregarded, albeit long-term, consequences.
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