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Fake IDs: The consequences when you try to use your fake identification card to get into that bar?

Nov. 9, 2016 – Arriving at college, students receive a sense of independence that leaves them making daily decisions affecting their academic and social lives. In order to make new friends and become more integrated into the newly entered environment, many students turn to drinking as a social activity.

Fake IDs in Austin

Fake IDs in Austin

In a study titled “Fake ID Ownership and Heavy Drinking in Underage College Students: Prospective Findings” published by the National Center for Biotechnical Information (NCBI), 89 percent of freshmen and sophomore students reported that alcohol was easy to obtain on their campus. Along with this, about 32 percent of sophomores reported having used a fake ID to obtain alcohol.

According to Villanova University, 80 percent of college students consume alcohol. With many students being underage, some obtain a fraudulent ID or sneak into bars underage in order to join the nightlife of the college community or spend time with new friends that happen to be older. However, with strict policy enforcement and consequences for being caught underage drinking, students might want to reconsider their social choices.

One thing is for sure, getting caught with a Fake ID carries stiff penalties/ fines no matter what state you live in.  Not only are there fines for having a fake ID, but there are also stiff punishments for underage drinking.

The primary reason for strict policies of fraudulent IDs is due to the severe penalties the local establishment can receive for having minors on the property. The bar can be charged thousands of dollars in fines as well as lose their liquor license if enough underage people are caught on the premise during a specific time period.
by Maisa Markowski —

‘Appalling’ Underage Drinking Parties Targeted by Grieving Parents of two students killed in Maryland

'Appalling' Underage Drinking Parties Targeted by Grieving Parents

February 26, 2016 – ROCKVILLE, MD – The parents of a teenager killed after an underage drinking party turned grief into action this week to push for stronger laws.

Bills introduced in Annapolis would require toughen the penalties for the hosts of underage drinking parties.  House Bill 409, named Alex and Calvin’s Law, would a penalty of one-year maximum in jail and double the fine from $2,500 to $5,000 for a first offense for providing alcohol to underage drinkers.  The proposals are spurred by two Montgomery County tragedies: the death of two Wootton High School graduates in June 2015 after attending an underage drinking party.  Kenneth Jay Saltzman of Potomac pleaded guilty in December to furnishing alcohol to a minor. He hosted the underage drinking party June 25, which was attended by Samuel Ellis, the former star quarterback at Thomas S. Wootton High School.

Montgomery County Police Chief Thomas Manger denounced the lax punishment – a $2,500 fine for the death of a teenager after a party – which is the maximum penalty under state law.  “This is not justice. These misguided parents will continue to break the law, kids will continue to be injured and killed, until there are real consequences for someone who hosts an underage drinking party,” Manger said at a press conference. “The state needs to show that it cares more about keeping kids safe than it does about allowing parents to throw an underage drinking party for their kids.”

Members of the Senate committee unanimously approved the bill Wednesday, drawing cheers from the crowdDavid Murk and Paul Li testified about the deaths of their sons following the teen party, and told legislators that parents continue to host underage parties.  “It was really appalling after the accident and the individual who was hosting the party that night paid a $5,000 fine,” Murk told lawmakers, according to FOX DC. “That was very hard for my wife and I to swallow when he paid a fine in District Court as if he was paying a parking ticket.”

412 Arrests and Citations made in California  Underage  Decoy Shoulder Tap Operation

March 15, 2015 — (California) – Agents from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) and Officers from nearly 100 local Police and Sheriff’s Departments have joined forces throughout California in a Statewide Decoy Shoulder Tap Operation. As of 8:45 pm Saturday, March 14, there have been 412 citations and arrests during a major effort to help reduce youth access to alcohol and also make the streets safer.

ABC agents and local law enforcement conducted a program called a Decoy Shoulder Tap Operation which can lead to the arrest of adults who purchase alcohol for people under 21 years old. Under the program, a minor under the direct supervision of a peace officer will stand outside a liquor or convenience store and ask patrons to buy them alcohol. The minor indicates in some way he or she is underage and cannot purchase the alcohol.

If the adults agree to purchase alcohol for the minor, officers then arrest and cite them for furnishing alcohol to the minor. The penalty for furnishing alcohol to a minor is a minimum $1000 fine and 24 hours of community service. The program is intended to reduce the availability of alcohol to minors.   Many local operations were funded by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control through the department’s Grant Assistance Program (GAP), and some were funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). ABC is a Department of the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency.

You might think there’s nothing wrong giving your teenager the occasional glass of wine — but you’d be wrong, new research shows

parentsprovidingIn your efforts to encourage sensible drinking and honesty, you could be unwittingly setting your child on a path to alcoholism.  The earlier a teenager gets drunk for the first time in their life, the more likely they are to become a binge drinker – or even an alcoholic – a new study has found.

In contrast, teenagers who delay getting drunk for the first time are more likely to turn out to be sensible drinkers, according to U.S. researchers.  The earlier a teenager gets intoxicated for the first time, the more likely it is they will become a binge drinker – or even an alcoholic – U.S. researchers found.

The study is the first to establish a link between the age when people first start drinking and how quickly they progress to getting drunk.  The findings revealed early experiences of alcohol is one of a wide range of factors that can be used to identify future binge drinkers.

The latest research found both the age at which a teenager drinks their first drink and the age at which they first get drunk, could be used to identify future problem drinkers.

The study involved 295 female and male teenage drinkers with an average age of 16.  They were asked about their drinking and how often they binge drink, which was defined as drinking five or more drinks on a single occasion.   Meghan Morean, assistant professor of psychology at Oberlin College, Ohio, in the U.S. said: ‘Our research suggests that teenagers who have their first drink at an early age drink more heavily, on average, than those who start drinking later on.   Source: Institute of Alcohol Studies

‘Our work also suggests that how quickly teenagers move from having their first drink to getting drunk for the first time is an important piece of the puzzle.  ‘To summarize, we would expect a teenager who had his first drink at age 14, and who got drunk at 15, to be a heavier drinker than a teenager who had his first drink at age 14, and waited to get drunk until age 18.’

William Corbin, associate professor of psychology at Arizona State University, said the research could help design interventions to stop underage problem drinking.  ‘The key finding here is that both age of first use and delay from first use to first intoxication serve as risk factors for heavy drinking in adolescence.’

The study was published online in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.

New York Senate Passes Bill to Ban Powdered Alcohol

July 2014 — Palcohol, a powdered substance that when mixed with of water or otherliquids creates an alcoholic beverage, has been greeted with a controversial reaction since it was unveiled earlier this year.  The US Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB)claimed that approval  of the product had been issued “in error”in April this year and creatorswere told to alter its labelling due to a discrepancy over fill level.  The founders of Palcohol have now resubmitted an application for approvalto the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).US politicians begun proceedings to ban the sale of Palcoholearly last month, claiming it could pose a “whole new world of problems.”

Last week, the New York senate has passed a bill that would ban anyone from selling, offering for sale or providing for consumption, any powdered or crystalline alcoholic product. This ban will be enforced whether or not the TTB decides to approve the brand’s labelling if passed at the House of Representatives.Alaska has already outlawed powdered alcohol and legislation to ban it was approved in South Carolina and Vermont.

19-year old Nebraska teen charged in alcohol poisoning for providing alcohol to teen, 17, that later died

After a three-month investigation, North Platte police arrested Logan Johnston Tuesday for his role in the death of Chandler Snyder, 17.

Snyder was found dead on Nov. 2, 2013 in a small camper parked next to a house on the east side of North Platte. Toxicology tests indicated the death was accidental, caused by acute ethanol intoxication.   Johnston, 19, is charged with procuring for a minor, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Binge drinking is unspoken culprit in Steubenville rape

March 20, 2013 –It would be easy to close the book and say justice has been served in the Steubenville, Ohio, rape case.   Two high school football stars were found guilty Sunday of raping an intoxicated 16-year-old at a party in a case that became a national scandal after videos and photos of the assault wound up on YouTube and Instagram.

We’ve had similar episodes elsewhere, and the common links go beyond cellphones and criminal conduct. They involve teenage girls who were so intoxicated during the assaults that they could not remember what happened.

That doesn’t excuse the conduct of the young men; what they did was not only illegal but horrifically immoral.  But binge drinking is an ingredient in this toxic stew that we can’t afford to keep ignoring.Nationally, 1 in 5 teenage girls today goes on regular drinking binges.   I’m not talking about college students, but 15-, 16- and 17-year-olds, who down four drinks or more in a single session at least once a month, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

I’m also worried about teenage girls who wake up in the morning and don’t know what happened while they were blacked out from drinking.   According to testimony at the trial, the Steubenville victim had been so intoxicated the night before, she fought her friends when they tried to get her to leave the party.  She was so drunk she could barely speak, stumbled when she tried to walk and sank to her knees in the middle of the street to vomit — en route to a second party.

That’s what binge drinking does. A friend testified that they had shared at least half a bottle of vodka.  The two boys convicted of rape told the court their sexual encounters were consensual. The videos, texts and tweets told another story.

For a long time, we’ve relied on the slogan “No means no” to empower girls and let boys know that it’s not OK to talk your way to consent.  But when 10th-graders are routinely getting too drunk to resist, then we need to add a message to that lesson: It’s against the law to have sexual relations with a person who is too intoxicated to agree. If you think she’s had too much to drink, then you’d better back off.

We have to impress upon our sons and daughters the dangers of binge drinking, which has become the norm at too many high school parties. First, though, we have to face the reality that these are not the keggers of our youth. There are more ways than before to get wasted.

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Parents have most influence on youth, not ads, says beer industry representative

KPCC Radio – 2/14/13 – Joe McClain, the president of the Beer Institute, which represents the $223-billion beer industry, cites a survey conducted by research company GfK Roper (at the behest of Anheuser-Busch) which suggests that parents, not ads, have the most influence on whether someone drinks underage. Among the findings:

  • Since 1991, parents have been the strongest source of influence on youth regarding their decisions to drink (or not).
  • 1.8 percent of youth between 13 and 17 said what they saw in ads was the main source of influence on them.
  • 73.1 percent said their parents were their main influence when it came to drinking; 8.4 percent said the same about their best friends.
  • The level of parent influence was higher among black youth (82.4 percent) and lower among Latinos (68.6 percent).

McClain also pointed to federal statistics, which show that underage drinking among youth between 12 and 20 years old has been on a trend of decline since 2002.  “At the end of the day, we support the timeless value of parents talking to their children about making good, safe decisions,” he said in a statement sent to KPCC, in response to Tuesday’s post.

He also noted the Beer Institute’s advertising guidelines for its members, which McClain says encourages them to “market their products in a responsible manner to only adults of legal drinking age”

But the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is one organization that might contest the role of alcohol advertising on youth as portrayed by Anheuser-Busch: It holds that alcohol ads and marketing “have a significant impact on youth decisions to drink,” citing multiple studies, including one that found exposure to in-store beer displays in the seventh grade was a reliable predictor of drinking in the ninth grade.

Pennsylvania increases underage drinking fine

February 13, 2013 — The Daily Pennsylvanian

Senate Bill 941, signed by Gov. Tom Corbett in October, raised the maximum fine for a first offense to $500 and the maximum for a second offense to $1,000. The old fines were $300 and $500, respectively.

Scott Sikorski, the legislative director for Corman, said that underage drinking is “a money drain and a time drain” on local governments.  The issue is about “problematic drinking,” he added. It is “eating up the budget of local police forces” and has “hindered the community from going about its business,” particularly around Penn State’s campus, he said.  In addition, Sikorski added that hospital visits for cases involving underage drinkers have been increasing yearly.  “Everyone might make a mistake, but maybe that second offense will not happen.”

Report cites Alcohol Brands of Underage Drinkers

A new report appearing in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research didn’t focus on the prevalence of underage drinking – instead, it looked at what alcohol brands imbibers under the age of 21 prefer.

After surveying more than 1,000 young people between 13 and 20 years old, Bud Light came out on top: About 28 percent of those surveyed said they’d drank the beer at least once in the past month. Here are the top 10 beverages among underage drinkers:

  1. Bud Light: 27.9 percent said they’d drank it over the past month.
  2. Smirnoff Malt Beverages: 17 percent
  3. Budweiser: 14.6 percent
  4. Smirnoff Vodkas: 12.7 percent
  5. Coors Light: 12.7 percent
  6. Jack Daniel’s Bourbons: 11.4 percent
  7. Corona Extra: 11.3 percent
  8. Mike’s: 10.8 percent
  9. Captain Morgan Rums: 10.4 percent
  10. Absolut Vodkas: 10.1 percent

Also among the top 25: Heineken (9.7 percent), Grey Goose Vodkas (6.7 percent), Four Loko (6.1 percent) and Hennessy Cognac (5.6 percent).  “Our major finding,” wrote researchers, “is that although alcohol consumption is spread out over a considerable number of alcoholic beverage types, it is concentrated among a relatively small number of brands.”

Now that the preferences and taste of underage drinkers have been identified, they concluded, the “next logical step” is to look at the relationship between what brands people younger than 21 are exposed to through advertising and what brands they choose to drink.

NY Underage Drinking HOTLINE Established

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York state has a hotline this prom and high school graduation season to help keep young drivers off the road if they’ve been drinking.

State officials set up 1-866-UNDER21 to report underage drinking, thinking it could help stop young people from driving under the influence of alcohol. Calls go to the state police, who forward them to local agencies. The anonymity of callers is protected.

State officials say drivers under 21 represent about five percent of licensed drivers, but are involved in more than 12 percent of fatal crashes.   Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday the hotline is a joint effort involving the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, the state Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services and state police.

—Copyright 2012 Associated Press

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Logan R. Johnston

After a three-month investigation, North Platte police arrested Logan Johnston Tuesday for his role in the death of Chandler Snyder, 17.

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Snyder was found dead on Nov. 2 in a small camper parked next to a house on the east side of North Platte, near the corner of Phillip and Griffith. An autopsy was conducted, as well as toxicology tests. The tests indicated the death was accidental, caused by acute ethanol intoxication, police spokesman Rodney Brown said Wednesday.

Johnston, 19, is charged with procuring for a minor, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Johnston was processed and then released from the Lincoln County Jail to await trial, Brown said.

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