Alcohol can have a profound impact on the brain, both in the short term and over time. This is especially true for adolescents and young adults who binge drink, as their brains are still developing.
A number of factors influence how and to what extent alcohol impacts the brain, including the following:
The ways that alcohol impacts the brain during intoxication are fairly familiar:
While we may be familiar with the some of the temporary effects of alcohol on the brain, it is important to know that alcohol can affect the brain long after the initial effects have worn off.
New studies have found that binge drinking in teens leads to damaged brain tissue. Researchers believe that this damage impacts girls’ ability to understand and interpret visual information, and negatively affects boys’ attention spans.
Sandstone Care has a full continuum of care for teens and young adults including a medical detox center & teen residential program. We have outpatient alcohol abuse programs for adolescents and young adults in Colorado, Virginia and Maryland. If you are looking for a teen alcohol rehab program, Sandstone Care may be right for you.
Our virtual IOP program offers the same programming that we offer in person, all online – this is ideal for those who live too far to drive to an addiction center, have transportation issues, or have health concerns that make in-person treatment challenging.
We understand taking the first step is difficult. There is no shame or guilt in asking for help or more information. We are here to support you in any way we can.