A 41-year-old member asked:
does adolescent drinking have an adverse on brain development?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky answered
34 years experience Pediatrics
Yes.: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24291291 "behavioral flexibility" (ability to react in different ways to different challenges) appears most compromised.
Answered on May 14, 2016
Dr. Johanna Fricke answered
49 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
It can. Alcohol's: effects on a person of any age depend on genetic influences, gender, age at initiation & pattern of drinking. A "binge", 4 drinks for a female, 5 for a male, the way most teens drink, is most harmful. Increased degree &/or frequency of hangovers &/or withdrawal predict worse scores on tests of visuospatial processing, sustained attention, learning & memory, working memory, & planning.
Answered on Aug 10, 2014
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