Monthly Archives: December 2014

Conversations about underage drinking should start in middle school – We agree! Here are some helpful suggestions.

Did you know that teens who start drinking alcohol while in middle school are more likely to develop problems that may last into their adult life. Almost 20% of 14-year-olds say they’ve been drunk at least once, according to a U.S. Surgeon General report, and 25 percent of 8th graders have reported being drunk, according to the Monitoring the Future Survey. Another recent study, by RAND Health, found that three-quarters of 7th graders had consumed alcohol. Continue reading

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December and Summer months are when teens are most likely to start substance abuse for first time, study says

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Did you know that first-time use of most substances peaks during the summer months of June and July, then again in December. In other words, teens are probably at home with more free time and perhaps less supervision. But this should also be the perfect time to talk to you youth about substance abuse.

On an average day in June, July, or December, more than 11,000 youths used alcohol for the first time; in other months, the daily average ranged from about 5,000 to 8,000 new users per day. On an average day in June or July, more than 4,800 youths used marijuana for the first time, whereas the daily average ranged from about 3,000 to 4,000 in other months Continue reading

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Multiple Lawsuits Filed Over Fatalities and Injuries in 2014 SXSW Crash in Downtown Austin

Dec. 22, 2014 — The first wave of victim lawsuits since four people died at the South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival in Austin accusing organizers of safety lapses after a driver smashed through a barricade and into a crowd … Continue reading

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Survey finds pot use leveling off, other drugs and binge drinking down among US teens

The government’s annual survey of drug and alcohol use reports nearly 1 in 5 high school seniors report binge drinking, defined as five or more drinks in a row in the previous two weeks. That’s an improvement from 1 in … Continue reading

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Can’t Remember What Happened at the Party; Blackouts After Binge Drinking All Too Common in Teens

A new study found that alcohol-related blackouts in some teens increased as they aged from 15 to 19. Teens are one of the groups most prone to binge drinking — a practice that can lead to alcohol-related blackouts. About 60 percent of people with a BAC greater than 0.3 g/dl experience a blackout, but shorter blackouts where bits of time and memory are lost can happen to people with a BAC of less than or equal to 0.06 g/dl. Thirty percent of the teens who drank reported an alcohol-related blackout at age 15, and 74 percent reported them at age 19. Continue reading

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Heavy alcohol consumption in adolescence can impair brain durability, animal study suggests

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Heavy drinking during adolescence may lead to structural damages in the brain and memory deficits persist in adulthood, according to the disturbing results of a study done on animals. The study found that even as adults, rats that had daily access … Continue reading

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