Brains Under the Influence


What factors affect blood alcohol concentration?

Conduct simulated blood alcohol tests and learn about alcohol poisoning and the effects of binge drinking on teens’ brains.

  • Collect and graph data on the effect of alcohol consumption on blood alcohol concentration.
  • Match the information from six mini-cases with the parts of the brain affected by alcohol.
  • Learn about research that links teen binge drinking to irreversible brain damage.
Assembled kits
Materials to assemble 10 kits - includes all supplies, printed labels, and student instructions copy master
Materials to refill 10 kits

Kit Includes

  • Student instructions
  • 3 tubes of simulated “blood plasma” samples after 2, 4, and 6 drinks
  • 3 simulated “Blood Alcohol Test Strips”
  • Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Testing Instructions
  • Factsheet on alcohol poisoning
  • Article on teen binge drinking
  • Sheet of mini-case cards describing the behaviors of six individuals after drinking

Also Required

  • Scissors
  • Safety goggles

Quantity Discounts


  • 1 – 9 kits: $11.95 each
  • 10 – 24 kits: $11.35 each
  • 25+ kits: $10.76 each


  • 1 – 9 packs: $88.95 each
  • 10+ packs: $84.50 each


  • 1 – 9 packs: $45.95 each
  • 10+ packs: $43.65 each

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Shop by NGSS »

Performance Expectations:

MS-LS1-3. Use argument supported by evidence for how the body is a system of interacting subsystems composed of groups of cells.

  • Science & Engineering Practices

    Engaging in Argument from Evidence - Use an oral and written argument supported by evidence to support or refute an explanation or a model for a phenomenon.

  • Disciplinary Core Ideas

    LS1.A: Structure and Function - In multicellular organisms, the body is a system of multiple interacting subsystems. These subsystems are groups of cells that work together to form tissues and organs that are specialized for particular body functions.

  • Crosscutting Concepts

    Systems and System Models - Systems may interact with other systems; they may have sub-systems and be a part of larger complex systems.