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Barrier to Learning: Substance Abuse
Transcript of Barrier to Learning: Substance Abuse
Possible Treatments and Preventions
The Effects of Substance Abuse on Learning
Neurotransmitters send messages to help different parts of the brain communicate. Alcohol slows these neurotransmitters which slows the pace of the brain's communications and responses.
Long term drinking can cause brain cells to shrink affecting the brain's cognitive functions such as memory and learning.
The brain tries to adapt and compensate for these disruptions which can lead the individual to tolerate and depend on alcohol.
Symptoms of Young Drinkers
Neglecting school work
Rebellious behavior and skipping school
Being tardy to class
Social withdrawal and wanting to quit school
Feelings of isolation and being alone
One-third of teenagers have had their first drink before the age of thirteen.
Students who drink underage have a greater chance of developing alcohol dependence.
Alcohol impairs student's judgements on issues such as sex and birth control.
Young drinkers are more likely to use tobacco and other drugs more than non-drinkers.
One-third of high school students have binged on alcohol in the last month.
Help strengthen communication in their relationships
Help students recognize internal and external pressures
Inform students about the short-term and long-term consequences of alcohol.
Adolescents can become addicted to alcohol in 6-8 months
Help students develop coping skills with depression, frustration, refection, and failure.