Liberty Hill High School educates families about speaking to teens about underage drinking and drunk driving

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Liberty Hill High School parents hear from Travis County Underage Drinking Prevention Program on the pitfalls of both over-protective and over-permissive parenting, and suggested strategies for parents to use when talking to their children about substance use. Continue reading

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TABC Announces Statewide 2017 Spring Break Undercover Operations

March 6, 2017 — As Texans from across the state flock to the Gulf Coast for Spring Break, agents from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission will conduct a series of undercover operations intended to curtail sales of alcohol to persons … Continue reading

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The tragic story: College freshman, 18, found dead from alcohol poisoning in dorm room after a night of binge-drinking on Jan. 20

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18-year-old Ohio college freshman had consumed large quantities of champagne and vodka with friends at a house party and then a bar, had taken multiple falls and had to be escorted back to her room because she was unsteady on her feet and left. Erica Buschick was found lying unresponsive on a bean bag chair in her dorm room in Oxford, Ohio, on the morning of January 20. University police have described the incident as ‘high-risk alcohol consumption’. Continue reading

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UT Austin Leads $29 Million Alcoholism Treatment Consortium

Feb. 3, 2017 — AUSTIN, Texas — The National Institutes of Health has awarded an international consortium seeking better pharmaceutical treatments for alcoholism a five-year grant totaling $29 million. The administrative headquarters and several of the projects will be at … Continue reading

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Addiction Report says Alcohol Marketing May Increase Youth Alcohol Consumption

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For people under the legal drinking age, exposure to alcohol marketing increases their level of alcohol consumption, according to new research. The study was published in a supplemental edition of the journal Addiction, alongside other studies exploring alcohol marketing’s effects on children. Continue reading

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20-year-old Oklahoma State Student From Bedford, Tx Died Of Alcohol Poisoning, Enlarged Heart

An Oklahoma State University student from Bedford who was found dead in a fraternity house on November 21, 2016 died of alcohol poisoning and an enlarged heart. The autopsy report said Cavazos’ blood ethanol level was 0.35, more than four times the amount considered to be legally drunk. Continue reading

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Liberty Hill ISD alternative to Shattered Dream’s “Mock Crash” draws criticism from some parents

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When the administration at Liberty Hill HS declined to host Shattered Dreams, an anti-drunk driving program, the decision ignited a controversy among some parents in the community. School administrators say they have chosen to pursue a different approach to educating students on the issue of underage drinking and driving, but not all parents are satisfied. Continue reading

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South Wales Study Says, Providing Alcohol To An Underage Child Increases Likelihood Of Drinking Later In Life

A recent study by University of New South Wales and Alcohol Research Centre study suggest that underage kids who are given alcohol by parents early in lifte are more likely to drink later in life. “Providing any alcohol actually makes them more likely to drink than not,” study says. Continue reading

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Maine man who provided alcohol, drugs to teenagers sentenced to prison

A 20-year-old Maine man who provided alcohol and drugs to two female teenagers will serve 16 months in prison. The two girls were put on life support for alcohol poisoning in 2016. Ryan Newbert was sentenced Dec. 28, 2016 to four and a half years in prison with all but 16 months suspended. Newbert pleaded guilty to two counts of furnishing liquor to minors and two counts of aggravated unlawful furnishing of scheduled drugs. Continue reading

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El Paso joins fight to prevent underage drinking and teen access to alcohol at house parties with new ordinance

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Where do youth gain access to the alcohol that they drink? O verwhelmingly, in social settings such as house parties. El Paso became the first city in Texas to adopt a civil Social Host Ordinance to hold adults accountable for providing an environment where underage parties take place. Such city ordinances have shown to reduce the number of large underage drinking parties in the communities that adopt and enforce them.
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17-year old dies in car crash, underage drinking party may be involved; parents search for answers

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The parents who lost their son in a car crash early Sunday morning are now searching for answers saying their son was at a party on Bee Creek Road shortly before the car crash on Hwy 71 West. Now, they are hoping those who were at the party can help them piece together what happened that night that led to death of 17-year-old Caden Nieneker. Continue reading

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How effective is your state at combating drunken driving? MADD shares its ratings in a new report.

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Texas gets a 2.5 ranking in MADD’s 1 to 5 survey. Mississippi and Maryland ranks among the best states when it comes to enacting laws against drunken driving. MADD’s criteria include using sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols; immediately suspending licenses; penalizing drivers who refuse to submit to a breath test; and passing laws that impose additional penalties on drunk drivers who had a child in the car with them at the time. Continue reading

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Travis County Underage Drinking Task force reaching young kids to combat underage drinking

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This holiday season the Travis County Underage Drinking Prevention task force is stepping up their efforts. They’re teaching kids why it’s dangerous for them to drink at a young age, and what to do if the adult they’re with is too intoxicated to drive. Continue reading

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The Surgeon General’s Report: Facing Addiction in America

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November 16, 2016 — The Surgeon General just release a comprehensive report on alcohol, drugs, and health entitled “Facing Addiction in America.” Fifty-two years ago, the first Surgeon General’s Report Smoking and Health was released, and it proved to be … Continue reading

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Texas Coalition calls for a social host ordinance proposition in Port Arthur to prevent underage drinking

The Southeast Texas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse wants a solution for it in Port Arthur by issuing a social host ordinance. Under the ordinance, people accountable for providing an environment where underage drinking occurs, can be cited by law enforcement. “The goal is to hold parents and other adults accountable for giving alcohol to minors and let parties go on at their house and not chaperone those parties.” Continue reading

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Taco Bell Cantina, serving local beer and booze, opens today in Austin near UT Campus

November 3, 2016 – Statesman – This ain’t your father’s Taco Bell. The fast-casual chain is 86ing the drive-thru, modernizing and putting on a sleek new look for Taco Bell Cantina. The new restaurant opens today at 2000 Guadalupe Street … Continue reading

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Doctors: Energy drink over-consumption caused man’s liver damage

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Nov. 3, 2016 – Statesman –   Energy drinks can be OK in moderation, but when you drink too many in one day, your health can suffer.  A construction worker recently went to the hospital after having abdominal pain, nausea and … Continue reading

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The Four Risky Personality Traits That Put Teens at Risk for Drug Addiction

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A new antidrug program is showing promise. Called Preventure, the program recognizes how a child’s temperament drives his or her risk for drug use — and that different traits create different pathways to addiction. They focus on four risky traits: sensation-seeking, impulsiveness, anxiety sensitivity and hopelessness. Early trials show that personality testing can identify 90 percent of the highest risk children, targeting risky traits before they cause problems. Continue reading

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Petition results in Hooters restaurant withdrawing TABC liquor application for proposed Bryan, Tx location

Oct. 7, 2016 – BRYAN, Tx. (KBTX) – Hooters withdrew its application Friday for a liquor license, according to a spokesman for the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. A group of local residents submitted a petition Friday with more than 800 … Continue reading

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US traffic deaths jump by 10.4 percent in first half of 2016

Oct. 5, 2016 — WASHINGTON — U.S. traffic fatalities rose by an estimated 10.4 percent in the first half of this year, federal officials said Wednesday, and continued an upward trend that started in late 2014 as the economic recovery … Continue reading

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