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does adolescent drinking have an adverse on brain development?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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
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Dr. Christine Musello
27 years experience Clinical Psychology
In addition, developing the habit of drinking with your friends no matter what you're doing (beach, party, football game) keeps adolescents from developing the mature social skills they need to learn to interact as a person without needing to alter you're reality or "take the edge off".
Jul 30, 2015
Dr. Johanna Fricke
49 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Not to mention the potential for accidental injury or death from disinhibited, impulsive behavior, drunk driving, etc
Jun 9, 2014
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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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