- Research shows that youth who drink can have a significant reduction in learning and memory.***
- Studies show significant neuro-psychological deficits exist in 15-16 year-olds with histories of extensive alcohol use.
- Adolescent drinkers perform worse in school, are more likely to fall behind and have an increased risk of social problems, depression, suicidal thoughts and violence.
- Alcohol also affects the sleep cycle, resulting in impaired learning and memory, as well as disrupted release of hormones necessary for growth and maturation.
- Teens who use alcohol are more likely to become sexually active at an early age, have sexual intercourse more often, and have more unprotected sex than teens that do not drink.
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* SAMHSA, Alcohol and the Developing Brain
**Johnson, et. Al., 2006 Monitoring the Future National Survey Results on Drug Use.
*** AMA Report, Harmful Consequences of Alcohol Use on the Brains of Children, Adolescents, and College Students