Friends pressuring you to drink? Here's something to think about before you take a sip of alcohol.
New evidence finds that the brain's frontal lobes -- which control functions like planning and organizing -- are still developing during your teen years and young adulthood. And that makes your brain more vulnerable when it's exposed to toxins from alcohol and drugs.
"We know alcohol is toxic to the brain itself. Now we also know it interferes with the [brain's] development," says Dr. Patricia Kokotailo of the new findings. "We're realizing that alcohol really has a lot of effects on young people, and they're long-lasting ones."
Teens in America consume and abuse alcohol more frequently than any other drug. According to a 2008 study, 72% of students drank alcohol by the end of high school.
Adding to the scary factor, another study states that teen girls who consume alcoholic beverages are at a higher risk of benign breast disease than teen girls who don't drink.