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  • Drinking during adolescence and youth can alter impulse control and lower inhibitions.1, 2
  • Weed and alcohol can make it more difficult to remember.1, 3, 4
  • Using substances like weed and alcohol make it hard to focus.1, 5
  • Using cannabis results in short-term memory loss.1
  • Underage drinking increases the risk of memory problems.4
  • Using alcohol as a teen can permanently damage your brain6, 7, 8
  • Using cannabis can permanently alter how teen brains work.9, 10
  • Smoking weed regularly can damage the hippocampus, the memory center of the brain, preventing you from making the memory.11, 12
  • Just smoking weed occasionally can change the brains of teens.13
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