Travis County Underage Drinking Task force reaching young kids to combat underage drinking

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This holiday season the Travis County Underage Drinking Prevention task force is stepping up their efforts. They’re teaching kids why it’s dangerous for them to drink at a young age, and what to do if the adult they’re with is too intoxicated to drive. Continue reading

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Texas Coalition calls for a social host ordinance proposition in Port Arthur to prevent underage drinking

The Southeast Texas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse wants a solution for it in Port Arthur by issuing a social host ordinance. Under the ordinance, people accountable for providing an environment where underage drinking occurs, can be cited by law enforcement. “The goal is to hold parents and other adults accountable for giving alcohol to minors and let parties go on at their house and not chaperone those parties.” Continue reading

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Taco Bell Cantina, serving local beer and booze, opens today in Austin near UT Campus

November 3, 2016 – Statesman – This ain’t your father’s Taco Bell. The fast-casual chain is 86ing the drive-thru, modernizing and putting on a sleek new look for Taco Bell Cantina. The new restaurant opens today at 2000 Guadalupe Street … Continue reading

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Doctors: Energy drink over-consumption caused man’s liver damage

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Nov. 3, 2016 – Statesman –   Energy drinks can be OK in moderation, but when you drink too many in one day, your health can suffer.  A construction worker recently went to the hospital after having abdominal pain, nausea and … Continue reading

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The Four Risky Personality Traits That Put Teens at Risk for Drug Addiction

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A new antidrug program is showing promise. Called Preventure, the program recognizes how a child’s temperament drives his or her risk for drug use — and that different traits create different pathways to addiction. They focus on four risky traits: sensation-seeking, impulsiveness, anxiety sensitivity and hopelessness. Early trials show that personality testing can identify 90 percent of the highest risk children, targeting risky traits before they cause problems. Continue reading

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Petition results in Hooters restaurant withdrawing TABC liquor application for proposed Bryan, Tx location

Oct. 7, 2016 – BRYAN, Tx. (KBTX) – Hooters withdrew its application Friday for a liquor license, according to a spokesman for the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. A group of local residents submitted a petition Friday with more than 800 … Continue reading

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US traffic deaths jump by 10.4 percent in first half of 2016

Oct. 5, 2016 — WASHINGTON — U.S. traffic fatalities rose by an estimated 10.4 percent in the first half of this year, federal officials said Wednesday, and continued an upward trend that started in late 2014 as the economic recovery … Continue reading

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Top complaints to TABC about Austin bars: underage drinking/selling to minors and overserving

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Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) online records show investigators often do not find violations after complaints in Austin. The two most common complaints were serving minors/letting minors drink and over-serving. The records show 144 complaints made about Austin businesses to the TABC so far this year. Continue reading

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180 students charged with underage drinking at University of Delaware fraternity party

Nearly 200 underage drinking were ticketed at an unofficial fraternity party near the University of Delaware on Saturday. Newark officers swarmed a small brick house that had about 200 people milling around the yard, and set up two portable toilets and several folding tables to deal with the paperwork that comes with ticketing that many people. Delaware Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement officers executed the search warrant and made 180 underage consumption of alcohol arrests, which included two juvenile arrests. Continue reading

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San Antonio Council Explores Social Hosting Ordinance To Curb Underage Drinking At Parties

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Hosting a party where minors are drinking alcohol in San Antonio could get the hosts or property owners hit with a $300 fine. The proposed ordinance was approved by the City Council’s criminal justice committee Wednesday and now heads to the full council. Continue reading

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TABC to conduct bar stings to prevent underage drinking

TABC will conduct its back-to-school operation meant to halt illegal sales and underage drinking. The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) on Thursday announced the September undercover effort. The Texas legal drinking age for alcohol is 21. Undercover TABC agents will escort underage individuals trying to buy booze. A TABC statement says the stings will target retailers in cities with major colleges and universities. Continue reading

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First 6-weeks of College critical for underage drinking; parents can help by communication with their student

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It’s that time again with the excitement of a new group of freshmen arriving on college campuses. But it is also a time of risks with excessive alcohol consumption, underage drinking and resulting consequences for your student. Parents can prevent much of the risk by staying involved with your student during the critical first six weeks of the semester, a vulnerable time for binge drinking due of social pressures and the freedom of being away from home and family often for the first time. Continue reading

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New TABC App allows anyone to report underage drinking and overserving at bars

Smartphone users now have the power to report underage bar patrons or suspicious bartending with the touch of a button — all while sipping a drink during happy hour.  A free app launched in August by the Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission allows … Continue reading

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Massachusetts mom shares chilling photos of daughter to warn against underage drinking

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Mom described finding her unconscious daughter covered in vomit. She said her daughter who had been at an underage drinking party that night was intubated by EMTs and rushed to University of Massachusetts Medical Center, where doctors informed her that Ryleigh was no longer breathing on her own. “Parents share this with your children so they can see the dangers of underage drinking and what it can do!!!” Continue reading

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College Kids Perception Favors Risky Binge Drinking and Using Drugs; but Not for Smoking Tobacco

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Many young adults don’t believe they’re at risk from binge drinking and using some drugs, according to findings from 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. In 2014: — 26.7% of young adults 18-22 ( 5.9 million) smoked cigarettes in past month, 54.8% drank alcohol, 35.3% engaged in binge drinking, 20.7%) used marijuana, 1.4% used cocaine, 0.1% used crack, 0.3% used LSD, and 0.2% used heroin. Continue reading

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Austin alcohol sales drop post Uber and Lyft

Something very rare happened in Austin this May 2016: alcohol sales dropped, according to the Texas Comptroller. While there is no direct explanation for the two percent drop in sales from this time last year, some bartenders and bar owners in Austin think it may have something to do with ridesharing. Specifically, since Uber and Lyft left Austin in the beginning of May. Continue reading

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Texas mother, son arrested for hosting drug-filled underage drinking birthday party, police say

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Friendswood police said they arrested a 38-year-old mother and her 20-year-old son, among others, for hosting an raucous, underage drinking house party on July 7. Around 2 a.m., an officer was on patrol in the Analea subdivision when he noticed what appeared to be a disturbance in the front yard of a house. It turned out to be an underage drinking party with drugs and alcohol. Police also reported finding crushed up pills possibly for snorting. One subjected arrested was accused of having had 49 Xanax pills on him. Continue reading

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Police say alcohol a factor in Domino’s Pizza crash killing 18-year old Austin teen

Austin police identified 18-year-old former Anderson High student James “Jack” Cloudt who had an open alcoholic beverage in his car, was speeding and ran a red light before his vehicle flipped and crashed into the back wall of a Domino’s restaurant near the intersection of Steck Avenue and Mesa Drive around 6:40 a.m. Sunday. His death was accidental, and he died from breaking his spine, the Travis County medical examiner’s office concluded. Continue reading

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How Parents Can Help Their Underage Kids Resist Alcohol and Drinking …

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At home, how Mom and Dad manage their roles — and the signals they send about alcohol use — affects their children’s future underage drinking behavior. Adolescents whose parents neither kept an eye on them nor provided a supportive home environment were more likely to binge drink. These parental behaviors, along with underage drinking, predicted binge drinking as young adults. The study suggests that parents do make a difference. Continue reading

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Court says: Adults who serve booze to underage kids in Maryland can be held responsible for the consequences

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Adults who provide alcohol to underage drinkers can be held civilly liable for any death or harm that comes to others at the hands of the young people they hosted, according to an opinion Maryland’s highest court issued Tuesday. “This is a wake-up call to the so-called cool parents who on Friday nights have their kids’ friends over and allow them to drink in their basements,” said Tim Maloney, the attorney representing Linda Dankos. In 2009, Dankos’s 17-year-old son got drunk in the garage of another parent and then killed in a crash with another intoxicated partygoer. Continue reading

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