This is especially important information for parents, teachers, counselors and others who work with children. Quoting from the abstract: “The integrationof alcohol use prevention programs in the community and oureducational system from elementary school through college shouldbe promoted by pediatricians and the health care community.”
I’m sharing the time lapse study below, conducted by Dr. Paul Thompson, UCLA Lab of Neuro-Imaging and Brain Mapping Division, Dept. Neurology and Brain Research Institute, to help demonstrate the significance of brain development that occurs from ages 5 – 20 and beyond. This is further discussed in this related post: How Teens Can Become Alcoholics Before Age 21 .
Image: Thompson, Paul. Ph.D., Time-Lapse Imaging Tracks Brain Developing from ages 5 to 20, UCLA Lab of Neuro-Imaging and Brain Mapping Division, Dept. Neurology and Brain Research Institute, http://www.loni.ucla.edu/~thompson/DEVEL/PR.html Permission: Dr. Paul Thompson 5.7.09