Teens are faced with making decisions about many new kinds of risk. Choices about drugs, alcohol, driving, relationships, and sex can be life changing.
It’s about balance…
Research shows the brain is still developing until people are in their mid-20s. The pleasure centre of a teen brain develops before the judgment centre. That’s why teens often:
Using alcohol and other drugs can lead to dangerous risks because substances affect:
Using alcohol and other drugs increases the risk of:
Cannabis (marijuana, pot, weed) may change how the brain develops. It can permanently affect learning, memory, and mental health. The younger the people are when they use it and/or the more often people use it, the higher the risk of negative effects.
What you say and do impacts your teen. Be a healthy role model.
If your teen wants to do something that you think is dangerous, talk about it.
Talking about choices gives teens a chance to practice making decisions.
Current as of: August 25, 2017
Author: Sexual and Reproductive Health, Alberta Health Services
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