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Alcohol’s Effects on the Brain (AlcoholFX)

Alcohol’s Effects on the Brain (AlcoholFX) is a free, science-based app for tablets that teaches students ages 10–12 how alcohol can harm their brains if they drink.  Based on lesson plans from SAMHSA’s Reach Out Now initiative, the app can easily integrate with instruction in fifth- and sixth-grade classrooms.

AlcoholFX helps increase students’ knowledge of alcohol’s negative consequences before they reach the average age of first use.

With AlcoholFX:

  • Students engage in research-based, interactive games that explore brain science while practicing their responses to difficult social situations involving alcohol.
  • Educators use science-based lessons plans, resources, and recorded scenarios to help students and parents learn about the dangers of alcohol to the developing brain.
  • Parents learn how alcohol affects their child's brain and can put their child's education and health at risk.

Why talk about alcohol early?

According to SAMHSA’s “Talk. They Hear You.” Campaign, around age 9, children begin thinking alcohol may not be just for adults.  By age 15, many young people are drinking.  Young people who start drinking before age 15 are five times more likely to develop alcohol problems as adults than those who begin drinking at age 21 or older.  Kids who drink alcohol also are more likely to use drugs, get bad grades, hurt themselves or someone else, engage in risky sexual behavior, and experience health problems.

Download AlcoholFX to your tablet today — free from Google Play and Apple iTunes.