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Can alcohol use at a young age damage your brain more than as an adult?
2 doctors weighed in

Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Addiction Medicine
In brief: Yes
The developing brain is more sensitive to the effects of any drug which can damage the brain, including alcohol, cocaine, amphetamines, as well as marijuana.
In addition, the earlier one drinks, the more likely that person is to develop more serious problems with that drug and others as they get older. Those who start alcohol before age 13 are many times more likely to have problems than after 17.

In brief: Yes
The developing brain is more sensitive to the effects of any drug which can damage the brain, including alcohol, cocaine, amphetamines, as well as marijuana.
In addition, the earlier one drinks, the more likely that person is to develop more serious problems with that drug and others as they get older. Those who start alcohol before age 13 are many times more likely to have problems than after 17.
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Dr. Bryan Levey
Pediatrics
In brief: Yes
The effects of alcohol, like most drugs, are dose dependent.
A sip of wine is unlikely to hurt anyone, but getting rip-roaring drunk can cause damage. That said, when a person is younger their brain is still developing, sometimes into their twenties. It stands to reason that a brain that is still developing will be more affected than an adult brain. All the more reason for kids to avoid alcohol.

In brief: Yes
The effects of alcohol, like most drugs, are dose dependent.
A sip of wine is unlikely to hurt anyone, but getting rip-roaring drunk can cause damage. That said, when a person is younger their brain is still developing, sometimes into their twenties. It stands to reason that a brain that is still developing will be more affected than an adult brain. All the more reason for kids to avoid alcohol.
Dr. Bryan Levey
Dr. Bryan Levey
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