The purpose of the National Consortium on Alcohol and Neurodevelopment in Adolescence (NCANDA) is to determine the effects of problematic alcohol use on the developing adolescent brain and examine brain characteristics that predict alcohol use disorder. At five sites, the consortium will collect a core battery, including structural and functional brain scans and cognitive testing, and conduct specialty projects on psychological regulation, sleep and alcohol discontinuation. The examination of alcohol consequences will focus on structural and functional maturation of brain areas that actively develop during adolescence, are key to psychological regulation and reward response, and may be vulnerable to toxic alcohol effects.


Alcohol Use is Prevalent among Adolescents (i.e., ages 12-21)

Alcohol is the most commonly used substance by adolescents. Surveys show that 72% of high school seniors have used alcohol in their life, and past month alcohol use increases from 15% to 40% between 8th and 12th grade. Of great concern is the prevalence of alcohol intoxication and binge drinking, with 20% of high school seniors reporting an episode of binge drinking (5+ drinks in a row in the past two weeks). » READ MORE



October 2015

This year's Steering and Scientific Advisory Board Meeting was held in Bethesda, MD on October 28 and 29. Participants included NCANDA lead investigators, SAB members, and NIH colleagues. The two main foci of the meeting were to review the progress that NCANDA has made toward its goals and to prepare for the upcoming competitive grant renewal. » READ MORE



May 2015

Youth and Addiction: Can There Be Freedom of Will? -- Degrees of Freedom with Sandra A. Brown

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October 2014

At a congressional briefing co-sponsored by APA, experts say it's critical to prevent substance abuse early on. » READ MORE