The Brain Under Construction [2] – The effects of alcohol on the brain

This briefing paper is part of a mini-series on the ‘Brain Under Construction’ aimed at helping professionals better understand the young people they support. It is well established that substance use has negative consequences for the brain (Oscar-Berman & Marinkovic, 2003). Now, with the advancement of neuro-imaging, we can see that not only does alcohol affect different regions of the brain in different ways, but it influences us differently depending on our age. It is now evident that alcohol directly and significantly alters our brain chemistry. This briefing paper provides a snapshot of alcohol’s effects on the brain and explains the science behind what happens when we consume one of the most widely used drugs in the world.

This briefing paper is part of a series produced by Mentor-ADEPIS on alcohol and drug education and prevention, for teachers and practitioners.

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