Monthly Archives: November 2015

APD & TABC cite 84 minors for possession of Fake ID during operation at Austin bars

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84 underage adults received citations for using fake IDs as Austin Police Department’s Downtown Command partnered up with the Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission to crack down on underage drinking. Operation Fake Out hit the bars Thursday night. Many minors lost their fake IDs this past week. APD says they seized 90 fake IDs. Continue reading

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Why does someone dying from alcohol poisoning get no media coverage, while an ecstasy-related death does? It all comes down to our psychological biases towards different activities

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So what’s going on here? The answer is fear of regret. When we evaluate risks we’re often not thinking of the objective likelihood of a bad thing happening, but how terrible we will feel if it does happen and we did not take steps to prevent it. An unsecured gun is a more frightening mental image than an unsecured back door – and people react accordingly. We find it inappropriate, even offensive, to compare two activities such as popping Es and riding ponies, where one is widely seen as inherently sinful while the other is regarded as wholesome. These subjective moral spectacles are one of the reasons people tend to be rather bad at evaluating risk. Continue reading

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Do ad campaigns designed to scare teens about underage drinking really work?

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Michael Koresky, an educator who was worked on youth substance abuse prevention for more than 30 years. “There’s not one iota of data that says Red Ribbon campaigns have any effect at all.” The Anchorage School District’s youth development model relies on the premise that youth alcohol abuse often comes about as a response to trauma or other risk factors. By working to mitigate trauma’s effects on kids, the youth development model seeks to stop the cycle of trauma and self-medication before it begins. The organization eventually came up with a list of 40 developmental assets. The more of those assets a person had, the better their odds of overcoming difficulty to lead a healthy life, underage drinking a binge drinking was reduced over a dozen years. Continue reading

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