Excerpt from source: . . . This slide shows the results of our study that compared alcoholic teenagers to non-drinking comparison teens (age 15-16). The alcoholic teens were in a treatment program at the time of cognitive testing, so we know they hadn’t drank in several weeks.
When we asked the teens to remember a grocery list of words and also some drawings, they had a harder time remembering the information several minutes later than the other kids did.
In fact, they were about a whole “grade” worse that the nonabusing teens. This could make the difference between earning an A or a B in school, or even between passing and failing.
Source: Brown SA, Tapert SF, Granholm E, Delis DC (2000). Neurocognitive Functioning of Adolescents: Effects of Protracted Alcohol Use. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. 24 (2):164-171
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