Episode 9: Encounters with Alcohol

Click here for a transcript of this week’s episode: Encounters with Alcohol TranscriptNote: Conversational pieces of transcripts may deviate slightly from the spoken podcast, but all facts and science are preserved. 

Alcohol has always been America’s favorite drug, thanks to its legalization across the country and the world. However, just because it is legal doesn’t mean it is harmless, especially for adolescents. In “Encounters with Alcohol,” we take alcohol head-on, starting from its chemical properties and working our way through its short and long-term effects on the teenage brain. We explore how alcohol affects memory, cognitive abilities, and even the prevalence of sexual assault on college campuses.

Here is some further reading about alcohol:

  • If you want to learn more about the role that alcohol plays in college sexual assault, here’s an excellent and disturbing article from the Washington Post.
  • If you want more information about alcohol addiction and treatment, you can visit the SMART Recovery website to learn more about treatment options and get information about healing from addiction. SMART Recovery is the leading alcoholism recovery program for teenagers, and is recognized by the National Institutes of Health.

The sources used in this episode are as follows:

The Teenage Brain by Frances Jensen, MD

Alcohol Sales Statistics

Federal Budget Statistics

California Public School System Budget

GDP by Country

Chemical Composition of Alcohol

What are CNS Depressants?

Cellular Effects of Alcohol Consumption (Research Paper)

Alcohol and Dopamine (Research Abstract)

GABA’s Function in the Brain

Blood Alcohol Level and Car Accident Risk

Alcohol and the Nervous System by Edith Sullivan

Teen Drinking May Cause Irreversible Brain Damage

Alcohol Abuse Facts and Statistics

Blackouts and Alcohol Use

Adolescent Risk Behavior and Addiction

Sexual Assault and Alcohol Consumption in College Survey

Alcohol and Sexual Assault

Excessive Alcohol Consumptions Statistics

Early Adult Outcomes of Adolescent Binge Drinking

Rats and Alcohol Memory Impairment

Estimate of Date-Rape Drug Prevalence in US

Rohypnol Effects on Brain

Combining Alcohol with Other Drugs and Medications

Mixing Cannabis and Alcohol

 

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