Host: Why is it important to consider teen drinking a problem?
Judith Welles Cousins: It's really important to consider and to think about and talk about alcohol and drug use in teens because the group -- teens are in that group in which there is the highest number of individuals who are using alcohol and drugs.
So that's number one, they are in it. They are in a big, huge a cohort of those folks who actually use alcohol and drugs and that's really important. Second thing that's important is that teenagers are in a period in their life where they are still developing both physiologically and also neurochemically, their brain is still in development and so it's important to consider that when we are thinking about teens using alcohol and other drugs. 1