A teenage brain is considered to be highly 'neuroplastic', because adolescence and emerging adulthood (up to 25 years old) is a time of organising, construction and strengthening of connections in the brain. Whilst this is a time of growth for the brain, it is also vulnerable to damage.
The Respect Your Brain videos explain how different drugs can affect brain development and which areas of the brain are affected. The videos are supported by more in depth information including where a person can seek help for drug and alcohol issues, and links to more drug and alcohol facts.
Need more info?
- Find out about drugs and alcohol and young people
- Get the facts about alcohol, cannabis and MDMA (ecstasy) in the A-Z of Drugs
- Go to Your Room's For Families page.
Need help with a drug or alcohol issue?
Call the Alcohol Drug Information Service (ADIS) 24 hour support line if you are having issues with alcohol or other drugs, are concerned about someone else’s alcohol or other drug use, or just have general questions about alcohol.
Phone: 1800 250 015