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Alcohol and the adolescent brain

Adults drink more frequently than adolescents, but when adolescents drink they tend to drink larger quantities. There is evidence to suggest that the adolescent brain responds to alcohol differently from the adult brain. Scientists at the University of Oxford are researching into changes that take place in the adolescent brain, which could be used to explain these differences.

In this activity students will learn about how alcohol affects the brain and why heavy drinking in adolescence can lead to permanent brain damage.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students learn how the brain changes during adolescence

  • Students learn how alcohol affects the adolescent brain

  • Students use scientific evidence to create a social media campaign


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