Police Chief Steve Casstevens: “Exposing the brain to alcohol… can interrupt development”

In this image released on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, is an MRI scan showing the brain of a seven year old. Depression of the brain during birth, shown with arrow, due to large head circumference (> 90th centile) and narrow birth canal (cephalo-pelvic disproportion). Ruhr-University Bochum's medics have discovered a unique method to detect babies at high-risk for white matter brain damage, a prime factor causing cerebral palsy in childhood. They prospectively screened 4,725 term-born infants by cranial ultrasound, a population that usually is not examined, and revealed that a large head circumference at birth (>90th centile) increases the risk for brain damage tenfold. For further information visit http://www.apmultimedianewsroom.com/newsaktuell and http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/1717426. (Campus Clinic Gynaecology at the Ruhr-University Bochum/Arne Jensen via AP Images)

It’s Alcohol Responsibility Month and Karen Conti welcomes Buffalo Grove Chief of Police Steve Casstevens, who talks about a new study that looks underage drinking and how parents talk to their kids about it. One of the talking points that parents might not always consider to hit: the cognitive effects of alcohol on brains that are still developing.