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Alcohol and the Adolescent Brain: Human Studies

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Alcohol and the Adolescent Brain reviews research on the impact of alcohol on the brains of young adults. This article discusses several areas of brain function and development that appear to be affected and describes the extent of the harm observed as well as the factors that appear to moderate alcohol’s effects.

This course is based on the reading-based online article, Alcohol and the Adolescent Brain: Human Studies created by Susan F. Tapert, Lisa Caldwell, and Christina Burke


National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

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Course Material Authors

Susan F. Tapert

Susan F. Tapert, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California and program director of the Substance Abuse Mental Illness Program in San Diego, California.

Lisa Caldwell

Lisa Caldwell is a research assistant at the Veterans Medical Research Foundation in San Diego, California.

Christina Burke

Christina Burke, M.A., is a senior research assistant in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego and at the Veterans Medical Research Foundation in San Diego, California.

Course Creator

Keith Gibson, Ph.D.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about alcohol and the adolescent brain. It is appropriate for introductory to intermediate levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe the effects of alcohol on neuropsychological performance.

  2. Explain the effects of alcohol on the brain structure.

  3. Identify the effects of alcohol on physiologic brain functioning.

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Course Number 101213
1 credit hour
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  • Reading-Based Online
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