We all know the risks of underage drinking: addiction, car crashes, unwanted sexual activity, risk taking. Some of these consequences apply to adult drinkers also.But we sometimes forget that alcohol affects developing bodies-- and developing brains-- very differently than adult ones.
Mike Nerney is a renowned expert on adolescent brain development. In this short video he packs in everything you need to know about why underage drinking is such a concern (and also some tips to mitigate some of those risks.) At the 7 minute mark he gives parents 3 basic strategies to guide their teens safely around decisions about alcohol use.