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 2014

This year's Steering and Scientific Advisory Board Meeting was held in Washington DC. October 29 & 30. All lead investigators were in attendance for the informative two day session. Additionally, Senior NIAAA, NIDA, NIMH and NICHD staff heard the first description of the baseline findings of the 834 youth, each if whom will be followed for 3 years in the project. » READ MORE



May 2015

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

This program and other videos are available online on UCSD-TV's web site at

October 2014

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