Underage Drinking May Have Lasting Effects on the Brain and Increase Alcoholism Risk, Cautions Chapters Capistrano

Posted on: June 2nd, 2015 by sobrietyresources

May 26, 2015

(Forimmediaterelease.net) Teenagers’ brains are still developing and exposure to alcohol can negatively interfere with this development and have a lasting impact, says Chapters Capistrano.
Although teenagers may seem like small adults, their bodies and brains are still in a period of development and are not prepared to handle alcohol the way an adult does. Alcohol may have a negative impact on certain areas of the brain that control how they learn and behave, which could in turn increase risk of alcoholism later on. Chapters Capistrano has released a statement to the press regarding these findings and the importance of preventing underage drinking.

“We have known for years that alcohol changes the brain, but researchers are slowly learning more about just how,” says Mike Shea, founder of the luxury drug and alcohol rehab center in Orange County. “Adolescents don’t yet have the life experience or knowledge that adults do to realize how much drinking can take a negative toll on their life. It is up to parents and communities to educate them and implement strategies to keep them safer and prevent underage drinking.”

A recent study found that teenagers who drank alcohol appeared to have a greater reduction in gray matter in their brain and less new white matter as well. White matter is what helps to connect nerve cells to one another. According to the research, “the reductions occurred in the side and front of the brain, the areas that have to do with learning, emotional development, and self-control.” Scientists cannot say for certain yet that it was the alcohol that caused these changes, but they were evident in those who had consumed alcohol.

“It is important that parents stay active in their children’s lives and set a good example,” asserts Shea. “Knowing who their friends are, where they are spending their time, and keeping them involved in activities that promote positive choices and self-esteem. Establish open lines of communication so that they feel comfortable coming to you if they are facing challenges or pressures to drink.”

The study found that “for every year that the start of alcohol use is delayed, the risk that a teenager will become an alcoholic in adulthood is reduced 14%.” Parents should also take steps to moderate their own drinking and seek help if they are battling alcoholism, notes Shea. They should avoid using alcohol as a way to combat stress or avoid problems in life. Teaching their children more effective ways of dealing with these types of issues can help to prevent turning to substance use.

“We need to continue working together to prevent underage drinking and encouraging those struggling with alcoholism to get the treatment they need to turn their life around,” says Shea. “At Chapters Capistrano, we can work with you to address your individual needs and create a treatment plan tailored to your situation. Through family therapy, families can work on rebuilding relationships and establishing more positive routines and structure in their lives to overcome the impact of addiction and reduce risk of future issues.” It is not too late to seek treatment and set a better example for today’s youth.


Chapters Capistrano is a luxury drug and alcohol treatment center located in the city of San Clemente in Orange County, Southern California, with two beautiful ocean-view homes. Specializing in all types of substance abuse, Chapters offers flexible treatment programs that are designed to offer greater confidence in addiction recovery. With a thorough approach to detox, counseling and mental health, this center has delivered many success stories. In addition to offering alternative approaches to conventional recovery, Chapters is also recognized for providing guest comfort with exceptional accommodations, private rooms and cell and laptop allowance. Those searching to begin a new “Chapter” in addiction recovery are encouraged to contact the facility today and visit them on Twitter to keep up with current news.




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