Adolescents feel less sedated after consuming alcohol when compared to adults. So teens can drink more alcohol, because they are able to stay awake longer. When a young person drinks alcohol, his or her developing brain won’t know how to react to protect itself from the rising level of alcohol toxicity.
According to Johns Hopkins University, the youth’s brain does not have the ability to prevent alcohol poisoning.
“For adults, alcohol tends to have that sedative effect up to a point, which will keep adults from over-consuming [to] the point of alcohol poisoning, because the adult will pass out. The adolescent brain doesn’t have that function yet,” said Beth Marshall at the Center for Adolescent Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
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