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The following are findings from a research study on the brains of adolescent drinkers. 

  • Adolescent drinkers scored lower on tests of vocabulary, general information, and memory
  • Greater damage to hippocampus - responsible for memory and learning
  • Drinking can cause severe changes in prefrontal cortex – planning, decision making, and judgment
  • Affects sleep cycle and release of growth hormones
  • Research Findings, AMA, 2009