Your brain continues to develop until your mid-twenties
Following puberty, your brain goes through a critical period of development. What you do at this time is vital to the development of your brain.
The earlier you start drinking alcohol at harmful levels the greater the risk of changing the development of your brain.
Young people who regularly drink alcohol at harmful levels through their teenage years and into their early twenties are at risk of damaging the brain. This can lead to problems with:
- Mood regulation
- Impulse control
- Experiencing blackouts where you are unable to remember what you have done
- Alcohol dependence later in life