Alcohol and puberty: Mechanisms of delayed development Academic Article uri icon


  • 2017, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). All rights reserved. Adolescence represents a vulnerable period for developing youth. Alcohol use and misuse are especially problematic behaviors during this time. Adolescents are more sensitive to alcohol and less tolerant of its detrimental effects than are adults. Research in humans and animals has revealed that early alcohol consumption can result in delayed pubertal development. Animal studies have shown that alcohol detri-mentally affects neuroendocrine systems within the hypothalamic region of the brain that are associated with the normal, timely onset of the pubertal process. To effectively restore development and shorten recovery time associated with the adverse effects of alcohol on puberty, researchers must first understand the molecular and physiological mechanisms by which alcohol interferes with critical hypothalamic functions.

published proceedings

  • Alcohol Research: Current Reviews

author list (cited authors)

  • Dees, W. L., Hiney, J. K., & Srivastava, V. K.

complete list of authors

  • Dees, WL||Hiney, JK||Srivastava, VK

publication date

  • January 2017