Why teens are less sensitive to alcohol than adults

It is well known that teens are less sensitive than adults to the motor-impairing effects of alcohol, but exactly what happens in the brain that causes teens to be less sensitive than adults is not clear.

Now, scientists at Baylor University have discovered the particular cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the age-dependent effect of alcohol in teens that may cause the reduced motor impairment.

The study is the first to identify a mechanism underlying one of the main behavioral differences between adolescents and adults in their response to alcohol.

Specifically, the Baylor researchers found the firing rate of a particular neuron called the cerebellar Purkinje neuron was insensitive to large alcohol doses in adolescent animal models, while the firing rate of those neurons was significantly depressed in adults.

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