Protect Your Brain: Why Age of First Use Matters

Updated: Jan 31

Teen developed and narrated video explainer on protecting the adolescent brain



Narrated by Conner Nickel


During the ages of 10-19, the brain is changing rapidly. Because of this, it’s extremely important to protect your brain. In this video, we share four strategies teens can use to protect their brains and stay safe from substance use disorders.


The earlier someone starts using substances, the greater their chances of developing an addiction. For example, 90% of people with a substance use disorder began using drugs and alcohol before the age of 18. This means that age matters. One of the best ways for teens to prevent addiction is to delay the onset of first use.


Protect your brain.