New studies show that the complex brain builds its basic capacities and potential for the future during the adolescent years. Alcohol use during this time has a major impact as it disrupts the growing brain’s plasticity (encoding and programming progress), which in turn impairs its response to stimuli essential to learning and memory. The message to middle school students in this peer education program is clear: alcohol use is not healthy or cool; most kids do not use alcohol; and those who drink risk irreversible damage to their developing brains.
Target Audience: Grades 5–9
Time: 17 minutes
Includes: DVD, Teacher’s Resource Books, and Student Handouts