Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Alcohol, Marijuana Cause Lasting Damage On Teenage Brains

Daily Health Report, January 24, 2011

"Often placing stress on parents, teenagers act impulsively and as if they are invincible. However, new research has discovered that teenagers are more susceptible to brain damage caused by early alcohol and drug use. These findings were unveiled at Neuroscience 2010.
Since brain development is still underway for teenagers, adding chemicals to the process like drugs or alcohol may potentially alter the development.
Cannabis has been shown to be present in a teen brain for up to a week. The drug causes more lasting effects for teenagers than adults, and this can directly harm development of brain function, memory function, and general cognitive ability.
A study at Harvard Medical School discovered that individuals who started smoking marijuana before turning 16 and used it frequently, also performed the worst on a test of the ability to change mental responses based on situational changes." Read More

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