Alcohol death of frat pledge at FSU leads to felony hazing charges for 9 members

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Nine Florida State University fraternity members were charged with hazing in the death of a 20-year-old Andrew Coffee who authorities say drank a lethal amount of bourbon and malt liquor at an off-campus party overflowing with alcohol and strippers. Continue reading

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National Science panel’s sweeping recommendations on drunken driving; lower BAC to 0.05, checkpoints, and increase alcohol excise tax

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The nation’s more than 10,000 drunken driving deaths a year are “entirely preventable,” according to a government-commissioned report released Wednesday by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. For example, states should pass laws lowering their drunken driving thresholds from a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.08 to 0.05. Continue reading

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Fraternity banned from Pennsylvania for pledge’s hazing death

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Four members of a Pennsylvania fraternity were sentenced after they pleaded guilty in November to felony charges of voluntary manslaughter and hindering apprehension in Michael Deng’s death, which was determined to be the result of a hazing ritual. The fraternity was also banned from the state for 10 years and ordered to pay a $112,500 fine for the 2013 hazing death. Pi Delta Psi Inc. was found guilty on the a felony count of involuntary manslaughter.
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College binge drinking often results in physical and sexual assaults

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With the rise of support started from the “Me too” Campaign, women are now becoming more vocal about their traumas and having their attackers arrested from their drunken assaults. Students lives are being ruined by the choices made will binge drinking, victim and attackers alike. About 696,000 students aged 18-24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking. Worse over, about 97,000 students between 18-24 are experiencing alcohol-related sexual assaults or date rape. Continue reading

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Grand jury: Criminal charges warranted in death of 20-year old Florida State University fraternity pledge

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Andrew Coffey died earlier this month off-campus at Pi Kappa Phi’s fraternity after party. Authorities believe alcohol was involved. An investigation is still underway. A grand jury said Tuesday that it saw enough evidence for criminal charges to be filed in the death of a Florida State University fraternity pledge Continue reading

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Police encounter Bethesda MD teen at alleged underage drinking party before his death

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Montgomery County police say they have body camera video of officers encountering an apparently drunk 17-year old Walt Whitman High School student in the hours before the teen died after attending a suspected underage drinking party. But police did not cite the teen for the suspected underage drinking or take him into custody. Navid Sepehri’s body was later found lying face up in a small stream nearby. The teen had apparently drowned and a bottle of vodka was found in one pocket. Continue reading

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TABC Holds Roundtable Meetings in 2018 seeking more feedback

Dec 12, 2017 — SAN MARCOS – State alcohol regulators are hosting a series of roundtable meetings across the state in the coming weeks and months, in an attempt to win favor with lawmakers and members of the alcoholic beverage … Continue reading

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Holidays pose special dangers for underage drinking and drug abuse, parents should stay aware

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Underage drinking is down somewhat nationwide, which is good, but often alcohol issues can suddenly become worse especially around the holidays. The holidays can raise the danger when mixing alcohol, house guests and parent’s lack of awareness. Staying aware of what’s happening in your household can prevent tragedies surrounding drug and alcohol abuse. Continue reading

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VisionZero: Remembering Is Not Enough

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Lined up in a half circle outside City Hall on Nov. 19, the more than 60 pairs of shoes represented the lives lost on Austin roads this year. Local leaders and transportation safety advocates joined with the family members of those lost for Vision Zero ATX’s third annual Day of Remembrance Vigil – to call for a regional approach to address the dangerous state of Central Texas roads. Austin Police Chaplain Rick Randall, who lost his son in a pedestrian accident more than a decade ago, delivered the opening prayer: “Our prayer tonight, God, is that not one other person would have to be part of this fraternity.” Continue reading

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TABC investigating underage drinking death of Texas State student

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is investigating the death of a Texas State University student earlier this week. Matthew Ellis, 20, was found dead Monday morning at an off-campus apartment. Police say alcohol may have been a factor in his death. TABC is working to determine the source of any alcohol that may have been involved in Ellis’ death. Continue reading

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Alcohol may have played role in death of 20-year old Texas State student following frat party

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Matthew “Matt” Ellis was found dead in an off-campus apartment near Texas State University. The 20-year-old sophomore was found unresponsive at the apartment complex late Monday morning. Preliminary findings indicate alcohol may have been a factor in his death, but San Marcos police are awaiting results of a toxicology tests. Continue reading

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New ‘drugalyzer’ could test whether you’re driving while high on marijuana

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With deadly crashes from marijuana increasing, now cops may have a secret weapon to fight back against the trend: the “drugalyzer,” a new device so small and lightweight that it could be used during a traffic stop. Continue reading

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Coffee is delicious, but your body *really* hates too much caffeine & mixing caffeine with alcohol is dangerous

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“Excessive caffeine intake can result in palpitations, dizziness, elevated blood pressure and make you feel nervous or anxious. Some people also may develop diarrhea and feel like their stomach is upset as their caffeine intake increases.” PLUS … “Mixing caffeine with alcohol is a dangerous practice because it may lead to higher levels of alcohol consumption as the person often believes and feels they are more alert. The risk of alcohol poisoning increases as people consume more alcohol because they feel the caffeine will keep them awake and alert.” Continue reading

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Florida State University fraternity activities suspended after pledge dies after party; alcohol suspected

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The death of a 20-year-old fraternity pledge led Florida State University to shut down all Greek life activities Monday. Alcohol is suspected of playing a role in the death of Andrew Coffey, whose body was found Friday — the morning after a party more than 50 people attended at a house near campus. Continue reading

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Are opioids a problem in Central Texas?

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In Central Texas, Austin-Travis County EMS officials say opioid abuse is a problem, but it’s not a crisis. The Travis County Medical Examiner’s annual report for 2016 shows drug-related deaths account for just more than one quarter of accidental deaths in the county. Continue reading

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Alcohol-free tailgate at University of Texas unites Austin’s sober community toward recovery

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Miriam Rivero’s first UT tailgate where she felt comfortable as a student in recovery from addiction was at an alcohol-free tailgate, hosted by sober fraternity Alpha 180 and the Recovery First Tailgaters. Continue reading

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San Antonio working to ban tobacco sales to those under 21 year of age joining 13 other cities and 5 states nationwide

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San Antonio hopes to join 13 other large cities and 5 states around the nation that ban tobacco sales to people under 21 years of age. Survey shows that 77% of respondents support raising the minimum purchasing age from 19 to 21 years. “Eighteen- to 20-years-olds whose brains aren’t developed shouldn’t be exposed to addictive substances.” Continue reading

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8 Reasons for Underage Drinking among teens – info for parents

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While there is no single reason why teenagers use drugs or alcohol, here are some of the core issues and influences behind the behavior of teenage drug and alcohol use. It’s important that you, as a parent, understand these reasons and talk to your kids about the dangers of drinking and using drugs.
1- Other People
2- Popular Media
3- Escape and Self-Medication
4- Boredom
5- Rebellion
6- Instant Gratification
7- Lack of Confidence
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Why Is It So Hard to Stop? College Students Keep Dying Because of Fraternity Hazing.

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To critics, the string of recent deaths raises the question of why it’s so hard to reform Greek life in a way that ensures student safety. The answer begins with deep-pocketed fraternity alumni who fondly remember the traditions of their fraternity days and now hold sway over their alma maters. In addition, fraternities owe their staying power to influential national Greek organizations that lobby for lenient policies and to fraternity members who are devoted to what has become a staple of the American college experience. Continue reading

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Column: How we can better address dangerous binge drinking on campus

By Isabella Simonetti, Oct 16, 2017 — In college drinking culture, moderation does not exist.  Approximately 20 percent of college students meet the criteria for alcohol use disorder. Additionally, a 2014 survey found that two-thirds of the 60 percent of … Continue reading

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