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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 and the Nervous System by Edith Sullivan