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Drinking 101: Teens Suffer Permanent Brain Damage

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SPOKANE, WashStaggering new numbers show nearly one in four young people ages 12-20 are binge drinking, that is consuming four or more drinks in one sitting. The problem has become so serious, The Greater Spokane Substance Abuse Council is launching a new campaign to keep alcohol out of kids' hands. Experts say the effects of even occasional drinking are much greater on people under 21 because their brains are still developing. Drinking, especially binge drinking, can damage the part of the brain responsible for memory and learning as well as a portion of the brain that effects the formation of an adult personality. Depression is also being linked to underage drinking, especially among young girls. Experts say the most effective way to protect your kids from the harmful effects of drinking is to adopt a zero tolerance rule, that is teaching your child that underage drinking is not allowed, no matter where it takes place.
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