Student Teacher Assistance Network Information for Parents

Warning Signs of Teenage Alcohol & Drug Abuse

NEW CUTTING EDGE RESEARCH Information for parents, teachers and students. Research using brain imaging shows drinking for adolescents(12-26) is linked to: deficits in memory and poor performance on tests of learning, planning and thinking. Large areas of the brain did not become active during thinking and memory tasks. The consequences may last long after alcohol use ends. Brains of adolescents who drink are approximately 10% smaller than those who don't drink. Hangovers are actually reactions to poisoning. Ethanol literally poisons the body. The metabolic byproduct of alcohol is called "acetaldehyde". Acetaldehyde is a toxin. Alcohol is a stomach irritant and by the way, so is ibuprofen. 

Warning signs of teenage alcohol and Drug abuse may include

Visit the latest feature of the STAN web, "Did you know?"- Notes for Parents from Counselor Rolla Bradley

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