By Ryan Lacoute  

Although mental health awareness is rising in popularity, other aspects of brain health continue to be neglected. Brain health is covered by a wide range of topics and is influenced by a variety of factors.

Each individual human body is, in part, a culmination of what is put into it, and the same holds true for brain health. Julie Sanz, director of Stevenson’s Wellness Center, said, “I think many people don’t realize that the rationalization part of the young adult brain isn’t truly fully formed until around age 25.  For that reason, many substances used by young adults such as alcohol, marijuana, tobacco, and other drugs can lead to lasting effects on brain function and the ability to make rational decisions.”

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