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The promise of neuroscience for treating brain disorders is real, experts said at AAAS. So are questions about how these advances are used in court and preventive medicine, and about how quickly research is translated into help for patients.

Science can be a powerful tool for parents and educators seeking to persuade middle-school students not to drink alcohol, says a new book from AAAS.

Teens are fascinated by their brains, the way they work, change, and even “freeze” sometimes. The AAAS Science Inside Alcohol Project recommends that parents, teachers and caregivers use that fascination to engage middle- and high school students this holiday season in a discussion of why they shouldn’t drink alcohol.

Efforts to halt underage drinking often focus on peer pressure and the prevention of risky behaviors, but AAAS is undertaking a new federally funded project to give middle-school children a science-based understanding of what can happen to them if they use alcohol.