Since is alcohol water soluble and moves quickly through the bloodstream. It has long-term effects on teens who partake in binge drinking at a young age. Liam, Christen, and Henry have different experiences with underage drinking.
Australia's government standard for binge drinking is four or more alcoholic beverages in a sitting; Liam has been binging since age fourteen. John Toumbourou explains teenagers are less sensitive to the effects of alcohol and experience few physical warning signs.
Teens are unaware of the damages of alcohol abuse due to their heightened tolerance. Liam and Steve Cannane compete to see who is more affected by a high intake of alcohol.
Christen is among many teens who statistically are at higher risk of alcohol addiction. Alcohol-induced blackouts lead to memory blanks and fewer long-term memories.
Henry believes drinking binges have no effect on his health; his parents helped educate him on drinking in moderation. Jon Currie explains that early exposure to alcohol leads to a high likelihood of brain damage.
Magician Adam Mada performs for Henry, Steve, and Liam to test their active, working memory. Those who binge drink more frequently score lower on the test.
Credits: Whatever! The Science of Teens
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In this episode of Whatever! The Science of Teens, host Steve Cannane meets three very different young Aussies who all have experienced binge-drinking to black out. It's a teen issue that has shaken a cocktail of concern. But is this just media hype? Through a range of experiments, we'll expose the true dangers behind what used to be seen as just a harmless rite of passage. The latest science on the effect alcohol has on teen brains is sobering stuff, guaranteed to get the nation talking.
Length: 27 minutes
Copyright date: ©2009
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