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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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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UTPD responds to freshman alcohol consumption during summer orientation sessions

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Despite conduct expectations set by the Dean of Students, it is not uncommon for freshmen attending New Student Orientation to attend fraternity parties or consume alcohol when the day’s activities are through, says UT-Austin Police Department. “We have officers out on patrol every night to look for a litany of suspicious activities, including alcohol consumption [or possession] by minors. Every summer during orientation sessions, we have to deal with these situations.” Continue reading

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Underage Drinking: What You Should Know and Tips for Raising Alcohol-Free Teens

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Parents hold tremendous influence on whether their child decides to drink or not. Alcohol is the most widely used substance of abuse among America’s young people and poses enormous health and safety risks. With school out and summer here it’s an important time to talk with your kids about alcohol. Be clear to your teen that you disapprove of underage drinking. Talk often about the dangers of alcohol (see below for tips on talking). Here are other things you can do: Continue reading

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State Representative explores increased powder alcohol incidents around the country with committee

Texas Representative Larry Phillips from Sherman plans to “explore the increasing incidence of powdered alcohol, its impact on underage drinking, and regulations in other states that have appropriately addressed the various impacts of the product,” according to a special column … Continue reading

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Counting the drinks … when did two drinks a week become 14?

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Most of us occupy the space between teetotaler and drunkard, but that’s a big span to move along. And if we’re somehow in that approved zone, how do we stay there? So it’s not just about counting the drinks — it’s about the number where each of us becomes untrustworthy. What am I no longer capable of in the shift between one number and the next? We are conditioned to think about that third drink as it pertains to driving, but it goes beyond how we get home. Most of us don’t like to recognize problem drinking as a possibility within our own orbit, or the toll it can take on our emotional, family and work lives. The truth is you don’t have to be a binge-drinking alcoholic for drinking to be problematic. Continue reading

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Town hall focuses on underage drinking in Williamson County

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Jonathan Gunter, 19, said he used to bring bourbon to high school and drink it from a red soda cup during some of his classes. Gunter, who is now in recovery and no longer attends McNeil High School, spoke Thursday night at a town hall meeting LifeSteps Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition in Round Rock about underage drinking. Gunter said his parents’ intervention started him on the road to recovery. He is just a few days shy of finishing high school at University High School in Austin, a school for students in recovery. Gunter said he plans to attend college and become a social worker in substance abuse issues. “Before, I couldn’t imagine a life without drugs or alcohol,” he said. “Now I finally have a direction.” Continue reading

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Local Austin restaurant withdraws request to sell alcohol across from school campus

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In a surprising last-minute change, Torchy’s Tacos on Thursday withdrew a request to the City Council that would have allowed the restaurant to sell alcohol at its South Congress Avenue location after opposition from groups including the Austin school district, nearby neighborhood associations and the grassroots political group Austin Interfaith who said the location could be a negative influence on the impressionable students at Fulmore Middle School across the street. Continue reading

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Intoxicated Drivers Killed 39 People in Austin Last Year. So How Do We Stop Them?

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In a report where researchers considered what most effectively reduces DWIs, enforcement tops the list. But many of the enforcement tactics praised by these researchers are out of the hands of Austin policymakers. For example, these researchers consider sobriety checkpoints to be one of the most effective methods of discouraging DWIs. But in Texas, checkpoints are illegal under state law. The researchers also recommend lowering the legal blood alcohol limit from .08 to.05 – something only state lawmakers could do. Continue reading

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Underage drinking and two alleged sex assaults reported at West Texas A&M Sigma Nu Fraternity in Canyon Texas

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Two alleged sexual assaults have been reported at “an extremely large party” at the Sigma Nu fraternity at West Texas A&M in Canyon Texas on Saturday. Canyon police also reported that there “was an extremely large amount of drinking going on Saturday night.” The two female sexual assault victims are both under the age of 21, police said. Continue reading

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Update: 2 from Dallas area charged in alcohol-poisoning death of Irving teen at 2014 Texas Tech frat party

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Two North Texan men were arrested this week in connection with the 2014 alcohol-poisoning death of a Texas Tech University freshman from Irving. Texas Tech freshman Dalton Debrick, 18, of Irving was found dead Aug. 24, 2014, at a home a mile from the Lubbock campus. His blood alcohol content was found to be 0.324 — more than four times the legal limit for driving. Continue reading

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