Austin Police ticket 120 for using Fake IDs in downtown Austin to enter bars and clubs; 2 arrested for forgery

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We applaud APD in their effort to reduce underage drinking in Downtown Austin. In past months APD ticketed over 120 minors attempting to us fake IDs to enter bars/clubs in the entertainment district intending to drink alcohol beverages. The APD unit received confidential information about a subject living near the UT campus that was manufacturing counterfeit identification cards from different states and selling them to students or anyone willing to spend $60 – $200. The Texas Department of Public Safety assisted during this operation. Both subjects have been charged with Forgery, a 3rd Degree Felony having reported manufactured and sold hundreds of fictitious state identification cards across the state. Continue reading

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Local family dealing with death of their 20-year-old daughter following drunk driving crash in North Austin

April 17, 2015 – AUSTIN (KXAN) — An Austin family is coping with their daughter’s death after she died Sunday night in a crash involving a 26-year-old man who was charged with intoxication manslaughter. Police says Shawn Amende ran a red … Continue reading

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Austin’s Kathie Tovo writes that underage drinking is not part of city’s lifestyle; encourages parents to talk to their children about dangers & consequences of underage drinking

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By Kathie Tovo — “For those of us who live in Austin and for many who visit, Austin has a lot to offer – live music, great outdoor entertainment and plenty of trails and parks to enjoy with our families. However, Austin is also quickly earning a reputation as a city where alcohol is plentiful and easily accessible at many of the events hosted here. But are we sending the right message to our children — that ours is a culture that includes underage drinking as a part of our city’s lifestyle? As a public servant who loves this city and as Austin’s mayor pro tem, I truly hope not.” Continue reading

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Letting children taste alcohol promotes binge drinking later; 4 times greater chance of drinking by high school

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Children who taste alcohol before sixth grade may be more likely to drink, and get drunk, by the time they began high school. These early sippers were also four times more likely to get drunk or binge drink by their first semester of high school compared with their peers who abstained. According to the study by the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies at Brown University in Providence, many of the kids in the study reported that their parents were the source of alcohol. Continue reading

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Are alcohol taxes too low? University of Florida study says yes – adding that raising alcohol tax would enhance public safety

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University of Florida researchers concluded: “higher alcohol taxes save lives.” Federal policymakers might want to consider this fact as they search for more palatable sources of revenue in the coming years. Researchers crunched these numbers along with federal traffic statistics, they found that even these modest price increases were enough to cause a significant drop in drunk driving fatalities. From a public health perspective, alcohol taxes are important. “Quite simply, alcohol taxation and other measures that increase the price of ethanol are effective in promoting the public health and safety, ” writes another Duke researcher. Continue reading

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When is too young to start talking with your children about alcohol? Middle-School may be too late …

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Think 8 is too young to start talking to kids about alcohol? Kids start to develop perceptions about alcohol as young as 2nd and 3rd grades, and so that’s the time to start having the conversations. In a new survey released by MADD and Nationwide Insurance, about one-third of parents start talking about alcohol when their children are 14 to 18 years old, already in high school. But in fact, about 30 percent of 8th graders have already tried alcohol. Continue reading

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2 arrested at West Campus for assault during annual UT Austin frat event; 68 MIP tickets issued, 5 tickets for fake IDS

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April 1, 2015 – The Houston Chronicle – The University of Texas at Austin’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity caused a significant amount of trouble during last weekend’s annual Round Up, a weekend-long recruiting event where fraternities try to outdo each … Continue reading

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68 tickets issued for underage drinking in West Campus of UT by Austin Police during RoundUp weekend

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Austin Police issued 68 tickets for underage drinking in the West Campus during RoundUp last weekend. Officers of the Public Assembly Code Enforcement team, which works to reduce City Code violations, went to approximately 12 parties in West Campus (just west of the University of Texas campus) and shut down three of them. In order to focus on the issue of underage drinking, Trejo said his team only issued tickets to fraternities if it received multiple 911 calls about the noise. APD reported on 2 noise violation where tickets were issued. Continue reading

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North Dakota community considers ‘Extreme drink’ ordinance to increase drink price, reduce binge drinking

March 27, 2015 — GRAND FORKS HEARLD, ND — Herald editorials are on track in trying to understand the intent and effect of the Grand Forks Community and Campus Committee to Reduce High-Risk Alcohol Use’s proposal to establish an extreme-drink … Continue reading

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TABC conducts minor stings in Austin, 18 violations found after 91 bar, nightclubs and retail stores were visited

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Out of 91 Austin area bars, nighclubs and convenience stores visited by TABC, 18 businesses were found to be in violation. During the stings, Texas alcoholic beverage commission agents accompanied young-looking minors who attempted to purchase alcohol from each business. Around the state of Texas, Between March 9-20, the TABC’s Field Operations Division conducted more than 900 stings at alcohol-selling establishments statewide. If a seller is caught selling to a minor, the seller could be charged with a Class-A misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to a $4,000 fine and one year in jail.
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Palcohol: “the Kool-Aid of teen binge drinking,” says US Senator — here’s more information on the substance

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US Sen. Charles Schumer calls it “the Kool-Aid of teen binge drinking.” Palcohol, or powdered alcohol, is a freeze-dried form of alcohol that can be mixed into water, lemonade or any liquid beverage. Lauded by imbibing enthusiasts, Palcohol is equally loathed by many for its potential health hazards, particularly to young people. Several states have preemptively banned the product. Continue reading

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Houston mom charged with providing alcohol/drugs in connection to prom night death of son’s date

March 20, 2015 — Houston police say a woman whose son was charged with aggravated assault in his prom date’s death has been arrested on drug and alcohol charges in the case.  Police say Melissa Ann Martinez, arrested Thursday, admitted … Continue reading

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London Study: Government anti-drinking campaigns irrelevant to young binge drinkers

Researchers out of London suggest that more targeted and practical interventions may be more effective than mass media anti-drinking campaigns campaigns. Continue reading

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TABC Agents Tripled Amid Preps for SXSW Music; looking out for underage drinking and over-consumption of alcohol

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TABC Agents will be “watching out for underage drinking and over consumption,” says Captain Harry Nanos with the TABC Enforcement Division. TABC has triple the amount of agents downtown than in past because Austin has become a more popular Spring Break destination. The Austin Central Command Center is gearing up for the increasing crowds for the music part of SXSW which includes an extra focus on alcohol. For the first time the Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission will be at the command center. Continue reading

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How to have a safe Spring Break around alcohol — “Don’t overdo it!” – “Keep an eye on you drink” – “Plan ahead”

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Have fun during Spring Break but also be careful to not “overdo it” simply through carelessness or by not knowing his or her own limits on alcohol consumption. Police say, “You’ll find that some of kids get into big, overwhelming parties, and because they won’t know how to handle their alcohol, it results in alcohol-poisoning incidents.” Those Spring Break fans who are old enough to drink should decide beforehand, when one is “sober and making clear-headed decisions,” their limits on drinking and other related boundaries. Continue reading

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A year after fatal crash, more enforcement at SXSW looks for underage drinking, over-serving of alcohol

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More law enforcement agencies will assist during SXSW this year. Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo notes, ” … we all know that alcohol, the abuse of alcohol, over-serving of alcohol, serving of alcohol to minors, is part of the problem, the challenge that we have during SXSW. The most important difference this year is that we are going to have TABC,” Acevedo says. That’s the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, which will have 30 officers stationed around SXSW. Continue reading

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Powdered Alcohol (Palcohol) Still Faces Hurdles After Regulatory Approval, Underage Alcohol Abuse is Senator’s Concern

Two days after a federal regulator approved powdered alcohol, there’s already an attempt to ban it.   Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said today he is introducing legislation in the Senate to make the production, sale and possession of Palcohol illegal. “I … Continue reading

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Groups want to eliminate state law provisions that prevent big retail chains from selling liquor in Texas

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You may be buying your liquor from Wal-Mart or Kroger soon if retailers can persuade the Legislature to repeal some old laws. Retailers from Dallas and Houston descended on the Capitol on Tuesday to argue that the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code is anti-competitive, an article in Tuesday’s Dallas Morning News reports. The Texas Retailers Association, said Tuesday that it supports bills that would eliminate state law provisions that prevent big retail chains from selling liquor in Texas. Continue reading

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Increasing Texas Alcohol Excise Tax topic of new study in Austin, visit to Capitol by statewide coalition members

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March 2, 2015 – Austin, Texas — Advocates for increasing the state alcohol excise tax met in Austin on Tuesday to hear how a alcohol tax increase would reduce underage drinking, reduce public health and public safety problem and increase revenues to the state budget. The new study prepared for Texans Standing Tall showed how alcohol excises taxes in Texas have not been changed since 1984 and are not indexed to inflation. As such, alcohol taxes have lost over half their value and are a poorly performing revenue source for Texas. The study by two professors at the University of Illinois and professor at John Hopkins Bloomberg School of of Public Health suggests a 10 cent per drink increase in the alcohol excise tax. Continue reading

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April Meeting planned for Travis County Underage Drinking Prevention Task Force

Travis County Underage Drinking Prevention Task Force
DATE:
Thursday, April 9, 2015
TIME: 10:30 AM – noon
LOCATION:  Howson Library on Exposition Blvd.
AGENDA: GUEST SPEAKER
Mark Spacht, Clinical Manager, Travis County Counseling and Education Services —
Mr. Spacht will speak on the correlation between alcohol use and teens
and teen dating violence, as well as family violence.
AGENCY SPOTLIGHT:
Kevin Paris, Research Analyst & Hannah Brown, Program Coordinator
Community Advancement Network
Mr. Paris and Ms. Brown will speak on the updated Ready by 21 Dashboard.

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