An insight into adolescence

Adolescence is often portrayed as a time of difficult and challenging behaviours. Yet it’s possible to view adolescence in a much more positive light. Recent research may help adults understand and appreciate the remarkable changes that are taking place. read more

Impact of alcohol and marijuana on the adolescent brain – Radio NZ Podcast

Dr Lindsay Squeglia is a leading U.S. neuroscience researcher, visiting New Zealand for a symposium on Alcohol, Marijuana and the Adolescent Brain – organised by the Brainwave Trust.

She conducted the first longitudinal research on adolescents aged 12 to 18 exploring the effects of alcohol and cannabis on young people’s behaviours and performance. This involved scanning the brains of drinking and non-drinking teenagers over three years. Read more

Babies and Booze

Alcohol Healthwatch, Well Women and Family Trust and The Rotary Club of Parnell recently launched the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Youth Social Media Campaign. Read more

Child Protection – Radio NZ Podcast

Recently Sue Wright, our Executive Director was one of a number of people interviewed by Andrew McRae for the Radio New Zealand Insight programme which aired on Sunday morning, 24th July  and again on Monday evening 25th July.  Read more

Alcohol In Our Lives Submission (2009)

In the Brainwave Trust’s submission in response to the discussion document released by the Law Commission in 2009, we drew attention to the damage alcohol can do to growing brains, both in pregnancy and during adolescence. We are the first generation of adults and policy makers to have access to this material. Even as recently as 1999 when the decision was made to lower the drinking age in New Zealand, knowledge about brain development in adolescence was not known.