In this lesson, you will study how alcohol affects the brain and the central nervous system.
Begin by going to the Alcohol and Your Brain student resource. Once you have finished reading this resource, you will discuss these questions with your class:
- Why is the CNS particularly vulnerable to the effects of alcohol?
- Name three indicators that point to the fact that the brain is slowing down as a result of alcohol use.
- What impact does alcohol have on the cerebellum? The medulla?
- What behaviors do teens sometimes engage in while drinking?
- What is new research saying about binge drinking and brain development?
Now you can use what you have learned to develop an argument to convince Carlos and Claudia to stop drinking. To learn more about how alcohol affects the brain and behavior, go to these websites:
- Alcohol and the Human Body: Central Nervous System
- What Kids Say About Drinking Alcohol
- How Alcohol Works
- Biological Aspects of Alcohol Use: An Overview
- Interactive Body
- Alcohol and Your Health
- Underage Drinking Research Initiative
- Too Smart to Start: Alcohol and the Developing Brain
- The Effects of Alcohol on Physiological Processes and Biological Development
- The Cool Spot
- Alcohol Alert: Underage Drinking
- Study: Teen Drinking Can Have Lifelong Effects
This information, along with what is found on the Alcohol and Your Brain student resource, should provide you with the background you need.
This esheet is a part of the Alcohol and Its Impact on the Brain lesson.