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