- How drinking affects people under 18
The brain goes through rapid development and “wiring” changes
during the ages of 12-21. Teen alcohol use can damage this
development that is essential to brain growth.
Alcohol can damage two key brain areas:
- The prefrontal area is responsible for thinking, planning, good
judgment, decision-making and impulse control. Damage from alcohol
during teen years can be long-term and irreversible.
- The hippocampus is involved in learning and memory. Frequent
drinkers may never be able to catch up in adulthood since alcohol
inhibits systems crucial for storing new information.
— Source: American Medical Association
Posted: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 12:00 am
Galt City Council members had a sobering discussion at their
meeting Tuesday after a presentation showed the city is battling a
high percentage of underage drinkers.
Originally, a presentation by Patricia St. James was meant to
solely encourage the council to agree to allow the city’s seal on a
pamphlet St. James was part of creating to help raise awareness of
underage drinking in Sacramento County.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 12:00 am.