Hey there, everybody. I’m the cerebellum—I am small, but I’m also mighty! Think of me as the point guard of a basketball team. In fact, I’m small and round—like a basketball. I’m made up of two halves—just like a basketball GAME. I’m a proud member of the BRAIN POWER team, but since there is a good chance that you are not familiar with me, I’ll introduce myself.
Have you ever heard the expression, “good things come in small packages?” Well, if that is true, then I am not only good, I am GREAT! I make up about 10% of your brain’s weight, but I hold close to 50% of its neurons! You remember neurons, yes? They are special nerve cells that the body uses to receive and process information. I help coordinate your movements so that you can pat your head and rub your tummy at the same time. Can you do that? Given it a try!
I also give you the ability to speak clearly. And as you may know—a point guard’s clear voice and quick, agile movements are what make them a valuable member of a team.
So now that you know a little bit about what I do—let me tell you what would happen if while I’m dribbling down the court, alcohol is introduced into the mix.
TECHNICAL FOUL!! AIRBALL!!
Alcohol takes away my super basketball skills! I get clumsy, I can’t communicate with my team, and I start to travel, double dribble, and throw bad passes. Slurred speech? Stumbling and bumbling? That is not the way I want to play the game. In addition, my confused and mixed up behavior will affect the other members of my team—we might even lose the game! I’ll stick with healthy options, that’s for sure. Pass the water!
If you ever need help finding ways to say NO to underage drinking, I find that the best people to talk to are my parents, teachers, and my coach. They are members of the BRAIN POWER team too and can help you make good decisions for healthy living. Take a look at my video–to learn even more! And don’t forget to test your knowledge with this quick quiz!