POY Teen Handbook - English


Just the way your body is changing and maturing, your brain is developing, too.

Anatomy Lesson! Your prefrontal cortex—the part of your brain that controls reasoning and helps you think before you act—is growing rapidly. But your brain is not completely developed. That means it’s more easily damaged by alcohol. You’re not as good at decision making and problem solving as you will be when you’re older. It’s a biology, not maturity, issue.


QUIZ TIME! What abilities controlled by the brain can be hurt by alcohol?

A. Coordination B. Decision making C. Speech D. Memory E. All the above

E! All of the above.


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