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Younger Drinkers Risk Damaging Brain Cells
by staff writer, Dec 10, 2002
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On December 9, 2002, The American Medical Association (AMA) released a report, two decades in the making, providing some shocking data on the negative effects of alcohol on the brains of underage drinkers. Harmful Consequences of Alcohol Use on the Brains of Children, Adolescents, and College Students [large pdf download], outlines how alcohol alters the brain's development and could potentially cause irreparable damage.

Michael Stroh, Sun Staff reporter, writes that, "adolescents and young adults who drink may risk long-lasting brain damage, especially when it comes to learning, memory and critical thinking." So often our teens feel they're invincible, that they're above phisiological laws, strong enough to do what they please with no adverse consequences coming their way. Research is showing this not to be the case. The price our teens will pay for their nights of revelry is just not worth it in the long run.

Learn more about the AMA’s office of Alcohol and Drug Abuse


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