Most people are aware of the damage that drugs and alcohol can cause on the adult brain. However, the teenage brain is more susceptible to damage and to a greater degree, because it is still developing. The part of the brain that is associated with decision making is not fully developed until the mid 20s. Teenagers are more vulnerable to the temptation of drugs and alcohol, and more likely to engage in risk taking behaviors.
Information regarding drug and alcohol use/abuse and teens:
Above The Influence: a government-based campaign that focuses on providing teens with the resources needed to resist peer pressure and negative influences