Gary Reisfield, M.D. Featured in Neurology Now Publication
In a recent Neurology Now article entitled “Buzz Kill” by Amy Paturel, M.S., M.P.H., University of Florida addiction medicine physician Gary Reisfield, M.D. was quoted in relation to alcohol use and its affects on the adolescent brain.
Unlike adult drinkers, who might start slurring their words, losing their balance, and generally feeling “woozy” after a few drinks, the teenage brain seems to be less reactive to alcohol’s short-term effects. Social impairment and sedation often serve as cues to limit intake, explains Gary M. Reisfield, M.D., assistant professor in the Division of Addiction Medicine at University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville. However, adolescents can drink far more than adults before they get sleepy enough to stop. They are also less sensitive to certain post-intoxication “hangover” effects, which often help curb drinking in adults.