Alcohol and the teenage brain: Safest to keep them apart
Professor Ian Hickie, Executive Director of the Brain and Mind Research Institute at the University of Sydney reviewed the evidence regarding alcohol and the teenage brain. His opinion piece that was published in 2009 identified that alcohol can disrupt brain development during the critical phase of growth that occurs from around 12-13 years of age until our early twenties. As the brain shapes itself throughout adolescence it needs the most positive and alcohol free environment to thrive. Professor Hickie’s advice for parents and influential adults is to avoid introducing alcohol to teenagers for as long as possible.
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