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How much alcohol must an adolescent have to consume to cause permanent brain damage or developmental problems?

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David Escobar
Family Medicine
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In brief: Individual Levels

There is no one answer to this, since each individual is different.
However, teenagers should not drink alcohol for a very good reason: their brains are still developing. If you add toxins (e.g., alcohol, nicotine from cigarettes, etc.) to a growing brain, you're only doing it harm.

In brief: Individual Levels

There is no one answer to this, since each individual is different.
However, teenagers should not drink alcohol for a very good reason: their brains are still developing. If you add toxins (e.g., alcohol, nicotine from cigarettes, etc.) to a growing brain, you're only doing it harm.
David Escobar
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Depends

Define cause.
Directly it would have a variable effect depending on metabolism.I have seen one teen episode with the kid in a stupor & suppressed ventilation to the point the kid forgot to breathe.An observant pal & night in the ICU kept him alive but with mild brain damage. After a few drinks & sudden encounter with a tree, brain damage can be the result of a secondary event, the crash.

In brief: Depends

Define cause.
Directly it would have a variable effect depending on metabolism.I have seen one teen episode with the kid in a stupor & suppressed ventilation to the point the kid forgot to breathe.An observant pal & night in the ICU kept him alive but with mild brain damage. After a few drinks & sudden encounter with a tree, brain damage can be the result of a secondary event, the crash.
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