Teen Health: How Alcohol, Junk Food, Energy Drinks & Exercise Affects Your Teenager's Brain by Mei Marcie

6 years ago

Teen Health: How Alcohol, Junk Food, Energy Drinks & Exercise Affects Your Teenager's Brain

In a recent publication by the Teratology Society, various issues that affect the teenage brain were addressed. Here are some takeaways for you to help your teen improve his brain!

  • Alcohol: The teenage brain is still developing, and presents milder hangover symptoms. However, this may lead to higher alcohol consumption, which results in brain damage such as memory loss and coordination.
  • Junk food: Junk food affects the brain systems that signal reward and show restraint. Excessive junk food may disrupt these systems resulting in eating disorders or impulsive behaviors.
  • Energy drinks: Energy drinks contain caffeine and taurine, which when mixed with alcohol result in memory loss, increased anxiety and deficits in locomoter tests (on tests conducted on mice).
  • Exercise: On the other hand, exercise is not only good for physical health but brain health, as it improves “attention, planning, problem-solving, working memory and inhibition control."

Share this with your teen and help improve his brain! Read more at DrugFreeWorld.org.

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Elisa Schmitz
Great info. We have a houseful of teens. Very helpful, thanks!
Mei Marcie
Happy new year Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds and best to your family and our 30Seconds community in 2018!
Elisa Schmitz
Thank you, Mei Marcie ! The very same to you, chica. Thank you for all you share with our community! :-)

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