How is your brain affected?

  • Alcohol

    Hear what neuroscientists have to say about alcohol's impact on your developing brain. Learn the key take-away that you don't need to be drunk to put your life and others on the line when driving. A couple of beers is all it takes to end your life or someone else's.

  • Drugs

    Adolescents need to be informed about the impact of marijuana and other drugs on their developing brains. It hits young people's brains differently than adults and can lead to permanent damage. It also heightens significantly your danger while driving.

  • Texting

    While school and society may pressure you to multitask, it is well-established in the research that it lessens productivity and increases errors dramatically. You can't afford to make mistakes while driving as milliseconds matter and the stakes are high.

Course Designer & Teacher

Writer & Educator

Dr. Jennifer Fraser

With a PhD from the University of Toronto in Comparative Literature, Jennifer is an award-winning educator who has taught for twenty years at the university, college and high-school level and also worked with young adults as they are launching their careers. A published author of books & articles, Jennifer believes teens & young adults, teachers, coaches and all who work with young people deserve the most up-to-date information and knowledge, especially when it comes to their well-being and safety. For more, see

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Lesson 1: Driving Under the Influence

    • Alcohol, Drugs and Driving are a Fatal Combination

    • Alcohol, Drugs and Driving Video Part 1

    • Alcohol, Drugs and Driving Video Part 2

    • Alcohol, Drugs and Driving Video Part 3

  • 2

    Lesson 2: Texting Takes More Young Lives than Driving While Drunk

    • The Danger of Being Driven to Distraction

    • The Danger of Being Driven to Distraction Video Part 1

    • The Danger of Being Driven to Distraction Video Part 2

  • 3


    • Resources for Further Reading

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Learn how alcohol, drugs & texting impact your developing brain