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Resource Overview





Webinar: Alcohol, MDMA and cannabis use: Impact on the adolescent brain


Ms Jennifer Debenham, The Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use at the University of Sydney.


1 hour webinar recording and handout, available on demand.


This webinar is for teachers, school staff, parents and others who are interested in understanding the effect of drugs on adolescent brain. It explores the development of the adolescent brain and how this process is interrupted by the use of alcohol, MDMA and cannabis. It provides information on harm reduction strategies that parents and teachers can implement amongst teenagers, in order to reduce harm.


This webinar will provide:

  • Information on the development of adolescent brain;
  • Information on how alcohol, MDMA and cannabis use interferes with the development of the brain.

Evidence Base

This webinar was developed by Ms Jennifer Debenham at the Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use, University of Sydney. It was informed by a review of research evidence on this topic.

Page last reviewed: 11 November 2019 (Webinar conducted on 11/10/19)