Monthly Archives: March 2015

North Dakota community considers ‘Extreme drink’ ordinance to increase drink price, reduce binge drinking

March 27, 2015 — GRAND FORKS HEARLD, ND — Herald editorials are on track in trying to understand the intent and effect of the Grand Forks Community and Campus Committee to Reduce High-Risk Alcohol Use’s proposal to establish an extreme-drink … Continue reading

More Galleries | Leave a comment

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 | 1 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 … Continue reading

Posted in Post Categories | Leave a comment