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

This gallery contains 1 photo.

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.
Continue reading

More Galleries | Leave a comment

Palcohol: “the Kool-Aid of teen binge drinking,” says US Senator — here’s more information on the substance

This gallery contains 1 photo.

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

More Galleries | Leave a comment

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

More Galleries | Leave a comment

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

More Galleries | Leave a comment

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

This gallery contains 3 photos.

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

More Galleries | Leave a comment

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

This gallery contains 1 photo.

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

More Galleries | Leave a comment

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

This gallery contains 3 photos.

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

More Galleries | Leave a comment

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

More Galleries | Leave a comment

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

This gallery contains 1 photo.

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

More Galleries | Leave a comment

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

This gallery contains 2 photos.

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

More Galleries | Leave a comment

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.

Posted in Post Categories | Leave a comment

Stop “Palcohol” before it arrives in Texas

This gallery contains 1 photo.

Texas Rep. Charlie Geren wants to stop “Palcohol” or powered alcohol before it starts in Texas. Geren, R-Fort Worth, has filed a bill to make Palcohol, or powdered alcohol, illegal in Texas. “I think it can be a very big problem. “We are hearing about people taking powdered alcohol and putting it in Red Bull and putting in more alcohol,” he said. “Or putting it in straight alcohol or snorting it.” Geren said he wants to get out in front of the issue before it becomes a problem in Texas. “It seems pretty silly to me,” Geren said. “I don’t know why we need powdered alcohol. We have plenty of alcohol as it is.” Continue reading

More Galleries | Leave a comment

Bill refiled in Legislature to force Texas bars with stout alcohol sales to carry liability insurance

Texas Representative Chris Turner refiles his “dram shop” liability bill aimed at Texas bars or restaurants that derive more than 50 percent of their revenue from liquor sales. If passed, the bill would require them to carry liability insurance. Continue reading

More Galleries | Leave a comment

Perhaps addiction is an adaptation. It’s not you. It’s your cage. The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. It is human connection, writer says

… But what I learned on the road is that almost everything we have been told about addiction is wrong — and there is a very different story waiting for us, if only we are ready to hear it.  If … Continue reading

More Galleries | Leave a comment

“Alcoholism research surprisingly has come a long way” – says opinion article in Austin Statesman Newspaper

Breakthroughs in genetics, neurobiology and neuropharmacology have led scientists to know that some people who drink harmfully may develop a full-blown disease, leaving them unable to stop drinking without help. Many people drink too much to get high, to celebrate, or to overcome anxiety or depression and never have any long-term negative effects. However, 10 to 15 percent of people who use alcohol develop the disease of alcohol dependence. Continue reading

More Galleries | Leave a comment

Austin downtown crimes are down, says APD, but “drinking culture” and over-serving alcohol still a concern

January 15, 2015 -KVUE-TV AUSTIN — As downtown grows and events only get bigger, police are working to stay ahead of the trend … “Austin downtown is growing, our events are growing. South by Southwest is bigger than it’s ever … Continue reading

More Galleries | Leave a comment

35 student alcohol-related deaths may be more accurate; not 1800 as most politicans and media report says article

The “Fact Checker” at the Washington Post Newspaper on Jaunary 15, 2015 explored  statistic that often alarms the parents of college students – that 1,800 college students die every year from “alcohol-related causes.”   According to reporter Glenn Kessler, “the statistic … Continue reading

More Galleries | Leave a comment

Austin downtown bar on the top of police DWI list may lose alcohol license after TABC investigation

This gallery contains 1 photo.

AUSTIN (KXAN) – A criminal investigation launched into an incident involving an Austin bar prompted the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to launch its own investigation that could put the establishment’s liquor license in jeopardy. The TABC tells KXAN it started … Continue reading

More Galleries | Leave a comment

It’s not the teens and college kids dying from binge drinking – it’s white, middle-class males – 6 die daily on average, CDC report says

Interesting that teens and college students are NOT where most death occur – instead it’s middle-aged, white men. With 2,200 deaths annually, “… this study reveals that alcohol poisoning deaths are a bigger problem than previously thought,” a new CDC … Continue reading

More Galleries | Leave a comment

“Apparently intoxicated” 12-year-old girl sexually assaulted by Austin man after he offers car ride

This gallery contains 1 photo.

A 26-year-old Austin man is charged with aggravated sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl who police found intoxicated in his vehicle following a traffic stop in Austin. According to a report by KVUE-TV, the man offered a ride to the girl and then sexually assaulted her. “The officer said the victim was ‘apparently intoxicated,’ and she had been vomiting in the vehicle, according to the affidavit. The victim then told the officer that Felder performed a sexual act on.” Continue reading

More Galleries | Leave a comment