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Safe and Drug-Free Schools

Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs

Why Prevention Is Important

Alcohol, tobacco and other drugs all have one thing in common: they change how the user thinks or feels (usually both). They do this by acting on the complex functioning of the brain. Many of these changes seriously affect learning by disturbing a student's perception, thinking, memory, or emotions. These affects are discussed on the following pages:

Adolescent Brain Development

Making the Link Factsheet: Underage Drinking and Academic Performance

Prevention Programs and School Performance

"Oops: How Casual Drug Use Leads to Addiction"

More information about specific drugs and their effects is available on our Facts about alcohol, tobacco, and other drug webpage.

Additional prevention resources are available on our National Websites page.

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