We all know the risks of underage drinking: addiction, car crashes, unwanted sexual activity, risk taking. Some of these consequences apply to adult drinkers also.But we sometimes forget that alcohol affects developing bodies– and developing brains– very differently than adult ones.

Mike Nerney is a renowned expert on adolescent brain development. In this short video he packs in everything you need to know about why underage drinking  is such a concern (and also some tips to mitigate some of those risks.) At the 7 minute mark he gives parents 3 basic strategies to guide their teens safely around decisions about alcohol use.