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Jake Smolinski

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Zachary Talbott
John Coakley
Jake Smolinski Awareness is the First Step Towards A solution Here are some basics one must be aware of when addressing the issue:
Average person has had first alcoholic drink by 14
2/5 8th graders have tried alcohol,
20% claim to have been “Drunk”
2/3 10th graders
By the end of 12th grade, 75% chance they’ve consumed alcohol.
Attention, Present and Future Teachers! Defined as the rapid consumption of alcoholic beverages.

Rises BAC (Blood Alcohol Content)
Often lead to alcohol poisoning/ even death
Adolescents also are vulnerable to alcohol–induced brain damage, could contribute to poor performance at school
Increases likelihood of developing alcohol abuse/dependence later in life
Dangerous and Deadly: Binge Drinking Alcohol use when mixed with stress and depression can contribute to suicide.

Third leading cause of death among 14-25 year olds
Significant changes occur in the body, including rapid hormonal alterations and the formation of new networks in the brain
Exposing the brain to alcohol during this period may interrupt key processes of brain development, possibly leading to mild cognitive impairment as well as to further escalation of drinking
Dangers Continued Look a bush! Implications and Ramifications
of Abuse Study by Brown and Colleagues, evaluated short-term memory skills in alcohol–dependent and nondependent adolescents ages 15 to 16. The alcohol–dependent youth had greater difficulty remembering words and simple geometric designs after a 10–minute interval.
In addition, sophisticated imaging techniques revealed structural differences in the brains of 17–year–old adolescents who displayed alcohol–induced intellectual and behavioral impairment. Specifically, the hippocampus—a part of the brain important for learning and memory—was smaller in alcohol–dependent study participants than it was in nondependent participants
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