Teensavers wants parents to see new research that published this past weekend detailing a potential difference in the brain of kids who turn to cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs at a younger age.

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The findings are featured in Nature Neuroscience.

It connects early decision making to use harmful substances at a young age with neurons in the brain.

Scientists conducted MRI scans to compare the the brains of almost two thousand 14-year-olds.

They found a tremendous difference in teens who had used substances at an early age, versus those teens who were able to say no.

The main area of difference was found in the orbitofrontal cortex. That part of the brain is involved in the decision making. The networks within that region may not be working as well for children who use substances at an early age.

One of the key inabilities is impulse regulation. Many kids are able to avoid the temptation, while some simply cannot withstand the challenge of not using substances.

You can read more on the studies by clicking HERE.

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