Monthly Archives: March 2014

UTPD Chief warns students that heavy alcohol consumption may lead to sexual assaults

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University of Texas Police Chief David Carter says that heavy alcohol consumption can lead to sexual assault. “One in five college women are sexually assaulted, and the vast majority of those cases actually involve alcohol,” Carter said. “Go with friends. Have a plan before you go out.” Carter also encouraged students to call 911 in alcohol-related medical emergencies, even if the students involved are underage. Continue reading

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UT’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon may be among fraternities to eliminate pledging

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One of the largest fraternities in the nation announced it would eliminate pledging. Sigma Alpha Epsilon has implemented a new program with the goal to improve the educational and leadership experience of its members. In 2006, Tyler Cross, a pledge at the UT chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, died from a fifth-floor fall at an off-campus dormitory. According to police investigators, Cross endured hazing that night and was forced to consume large amounts of alcohol. Continue reading

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Does Austin Have a Drinking Problem? Local Columnist shares his thoughts

March 17, 2014 —  Burnt Orange Report — “Austin you’re drunk, go home! Wait, what’s that? You can’t catch a cab because it’s 2:00 a.m. and it’s the middle of SXSW, Uber jacked up its prices, and pedicabs won’t take … Continue reading

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Alcohol is responsible for about 88,000 deaths in the U.S. each year, says new CDC report

Alcohol is responsible for about 88,000 deaths in the U.S. each year, according a study, published March 13, 2014 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report calculated that 50 alcohol-related causes of death are responsible for wiping out about 2.5 million years of potential life each year. Continue reading

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SXSW drunk driver had .11 blood alcohol content before crash that killed 4 and injuried 23

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The 21-year old drunken-driving suspect who police say killed two people after he smashed his car through a street barricade at the South By Southwest festival had a .11 BAC. Rashad Charjuan Owens was charged Friday with one count of capital murder and face as many as 23 counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle. Continue reading

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Case Closed: Research Evidence says Age 21 Minimum Legal Drinking Age in the US saves 900 lives annually

“The evidence is clear that there would be consequences if we lowered the legal drinking age,” said a professor at the Boston University School of Public Health. It is estimated that the drinking age of 21 saves 900 lives from alcohol-related traffic fatalities among underage drivers annually, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. Continue reading

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TABC halts ‘Texas’ probe into alcohol furnished to minors before 2013 crash that killed 5 cast members in West Texas

Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission investigators have halted their probe into whether “Texas” troupe members younger than 21 were served alcoholic beverages during a private party in August 2013. The TABC case is closed unless other witnesses come forward. Five members of the “Texas” cast and crew were killed in a highway crash in Moore County after leaving a cast party. Authorities have said alcohol was a factor in the violent collision between a car carrying six cast members and a tractor-trailer. Continue reading

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How schools are trying new ways to end binge drinking on campus; ie: pay bars to not serve

Penn State decided last year to start paying for an alcohol-free downtown, hoping to curtail the flow of liquor, especially to underage students tempted to break the law. Colleges have yet to convince many students, especially freshmen, that drinking is not an obligatory rite of passage, a social necessity to get along, or a harmless activity. Besides the worry over the bodily dangers of student drunkenness, schools also wonder about the potential damage to their very purpose: learning. Continue reading

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