Alcohol and the Developing Brain

2021wed12may12:00 pmwed1:00 pmAlcohol and the Developing Brain

Event Details

Any alcohol use during pregnancy, even at low levels, can have downstream behavioural and psychological effects on children, including anxiety, depression and poor attention.

During development, at these stages of life, the brain is particularly sensitive to alcohol’s harmful effects.

This 1-hour webinar will provide you with an overview of the major changes occurring in the prenatal and adolescent brain and the disruptions in brain development that may occur due to alcohol exposure.

Key topics of this webinar:

  • Foetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
  • The impacts of low-level prenatal alcohol exposure on the developing brain.
  • Which are the neurobiological factors that predispose adolescents to consume alcohol.
  • The impacts of alcohol use on the adolescent brain.
  • Main prevention and intervention programs focusing on reducing exposure to alcohol during these key periods.

Key learning outcomes:

  • Greater understanding and recognition of significant points of change in the brain’s development and links to key developmental milestones.
  • Deeper understanding of the latest evidence on alcohol exposure effects on neurodevelopmental processes.
  • Enhanced ability to recognise and identity with the lived experience of addiction effects, its social, economic, emotional and wellbeing impacts and how these might present in a clinical setting.
  • Greater confidence in applying state-of-the-science prevention and intervention programs aimed at reducing exposure to alcohol across key developmental periods.


(Wednesday) 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm