Monthly Archives: November 2014

MADD’s Gutierrez: Texas lawmakers hold the key to safer streets by requiring ignition interlocks on 1st time DWIs

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MADD calls on lawmakers to tie in the use of interlocks for first-time offenders with license reinstatement and also to allow DWI offenders to use an interlock right after conviction. Currently, repeat offenders must wait one year before starting their interlock period. Research shows that 50 to 75 percent of convicted drunken drivers continue to drive on a suspended license. That means former DWI offenders will keep getting back on the road and cause more crashes and fatalities. Continue reading

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New CDC report finds that 1 in 3 drink excessively, but they don’t necessarily have an alcohol addiction

The researchers found the prevalence of alcohol dependence was 10.2 percent among excessive drinkers, 10.5 percent among binge drinkers and 1.3 percent for non-binge drinkers. Excessive drinking, binge drinking, and alcohol dependence were most common among men and those aged 18 to 24. Binge drinking was most common among higher income individuals — $75,000 or more per household — but alcohol dependence was more common among people with household income of less than $25,000. Continue reading

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An alcohol tax increases might create up to 35,000 jobs in Texas, says Univ. of Illinois study

November 18, 2014 — (HealthDay News) —  A new study suggests that’s that raising taxes on alcohol products will increase job creation.  “Money not spent on alcohol, coupled with the newly raised tax revenues, will be spent on other goods … Continue reading

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The growing problem of K2 in Texas; 25 ill in Austin Downtown this week

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Austin had the most recent breakout of K2 cases this week, Travis County shows 2.4 percent of the reports across the state.  Paramedics with Austin-Travis County EMS said Tuesday, November 18, 2014  that 25 people have had adverse reactions to … Continue reading

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Student’s “Fake IDs” a problem for downtown Austin bars say police

Both the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and the Austin Police Department say that the use of fake identification by minors is rising in popularity. Students at The University of Texas at Austin claim to mainly use their cards to either purchase alcohol or gain entry into downtown clubs on Sixth Street,” says a November 12, 2014 article published in The Horn newspaper on the UT Campus. Continue reading

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Fake IDs Could Spell Major Trouble

“It’s no secret that many students use fake IDs to obtain alcohol or gain entrance to Sixth Street clubs, but the risk might not be worth the reward.,” reports THE HORN on November 12, 2014. “For most students, college is … Continue reading

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Bar Attendance, Location, Density Supports Heavy Drinking by Young Adults Along US-Mexico Border

New research shows that higher levels of drinking among US-Mexico border young adults are linked to their patterns of bar attendance, but not to how they think about drinking.  Regulating the number, location, and density of bars with community-level campaigns … Continue reading

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