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San Antonio working to ban tobacco sales to those under 21 year of age joining 13 other cities and 5 states nationwide

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San Antonio hopes to join 13 other large cities and 5 states around the nation that ban tobacco sales to people under 21 years of age. Survey shows that 77% of respondents support raising the minimum purchasing age from 19 to 21 years. “Eighteen- to 20-years-olds whose brains aren’t developed shouldn’t be exposed to addictive substances.” Continue reading

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Opinion: Corona partnership with University of Texas misguided and may lead to underage drinking

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“Earlier this year, the University of Texas Athletics Department announced its new partnership with Corona Extra, making the beer an official sponsor of the Texas Longhorns. Many people view drinking as a traditional part of the college experience, but often ignore the potential consequences of promoting alcohol on campus. A July 12 column by Emma Berdanier outlined some of the potential pitfalls of a partnership with Corona Extra, and there is substantial evidence that the partnership between the University of Texas and Corona Extra is misguided, writes Dr. Sachin Kamble, Daily Texas Opinion Page (Sept. 24, 2017). The vast majority of undergraduates are underage, which makes them susceptible to the risky behaviors and negative consequences that come with higher alcohol consumption. 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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Top complaints to TABC about Austin bars: underage drinking/selling to minors and overserving

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Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) online records show investigators often do not find violations after complaints in Austin. The two most common complaints were serving minors/letting minors drink and over-serving. The records show 144 complaints made about Austin businesses to the TABC so far this year. Continue reading

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San Antonio Council Explores Social Hosting Ordinance To Curb Underage Drinking At Parties

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Hosting a party where minors are drinking alcohol in San Antonio could get the hosts or property owners hit with a $300 fine. The proposed ordinance was approved by the City Council’s criminal justice committee Wednesday and now heads to the full council. Continue reading

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New TABC App allows anyone to report underage drinking and overserving at bars

Smartphone users now have the power to report underage bar patrons or suspicious bartending with the touch of a button — all while sipping a drink during happy hour.  A free app launched in August by the Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission allows … Continue reading

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Local Austin restaurant withdraws request to sell alcohol across from school campus

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In a surprising last-minute change, Torchy’s Tacos on Thursday withdrew a request to the City Council that would have allowed the restaurant to sell alcohol at its South Congress Avenue location after opposition from groups including the Austin school district, nearby neighborhood associations and the grassroots political group Austin Interfaith who said the location could be a negative influence on the impressionable students at Fulmore Middle School across the street. Continue reading

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Parents can reduce the risk of underage drinking during holidays by locking up alcohol and providing “exit plans” for teens

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Parents, the holidays are wonderful for celebrating, fun and vacation, but it can also be a risky time for you teens when alcohol is often more available.   Increased underage drinking during the holidays comes as many young folks are out … Continue reading

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Bid Farewell: Why Millennials Are Abandoning the Nightclub Nightlife Around the World

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There’s a massive trend brewing in America’s nightlife scene. The attendance of nightclubs and bars have been on a steady decline for the past several years. Nightclubs left and right are going out of business with nightclubsseveral others being threatened to close their doors. There have been massive declines of profit as well as overall revenue. Continue reading

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Student’s long history of underage drinking, binge drinking and blacking out finally comes to end

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I’m now 26 and seven years sober. But that morning in April 2008, I was a college freshman with a serious drinking problem. Six years earlier I had followed my older brother into our parents’ liquor cabinet and discovered how unafraid and sociable I could be with a little alcohol in my system. Before I even had a driver’s license I was blacking out nearly every time I drank. Continue reading

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Underage drinking a “huge problem” in downtown, say Austin police; now cops are investigating if 20-year-old murder suspect may have been served alcohol on 4th Street

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Bryan Canchola is already in a lot of trouble. The 20 year old is accused of murdering his teenage boyfriend — Stephen Sylvester — after a night out on the town. “Obviously there was a homicide and it could’ve involved drinking at this time we’re waiting on the findings of APD to determine if an investigation into any establishments downtown are warranted,” said Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission spokesman Chris Porter.

Shortly before the deadly altercation, murder suspect Brian Canchola, 20, said he and his roommate, 18-year old Stephen Sylvester had been out on 4th Street in downtown Austin drinking all night. Now Austin Police and Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission agents are investigating if underage drinking may have played a role in the incident. Austin Police say they have underage drinking is a “huge problem” downtown. Continue reading

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72 fake IDs found, minors ticketed as undercover Austin Police checking for fake IDs in downtown Austin

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An undercover sting involving APD and the TABC in downtown Austin ended with approximately 72 people cited on Thursday night alone. Officers stand next to bouncers to check IDs that appear to be false. The officer will then identify himself if the ID is fake, and ask the person how old they are. If someone admits they are underage, they are escorted to a central citation area off Sixth Street and receive a Class C Misdemeanor ticket. If someone continues to lie about their age and the ID is proven to be false, officers can then issue a ticket for Failure to Identify, a Class B Misdemeanor. The overall goal is to keep roads safer and cut down on crime. Continue reading

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Austin Police ticket 120 for using Fake IDs in downtown Austin to enter bars and clubs; 2 arrested for forgery

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We applaud APD in their effort to reduce underage drinking in Downtown Austin. In past months APD ticketed over 120 minors attempting to us fake IDs to enter bars/clubs in the entertainment district intending to drink alcohol beverages. The APD unit received confidential information about a subject living near the UT campus that was manufacturing counterfeit identification cards from different states and selling them to students or anyone willing to spend $60 – $200. The Texas Department of Public Safety assisted during this operation. Both subjects have been charged with Forgery, a 3rd Degree Felony having reported manufactured and sold hundreds of fictitious state identification cards across the state. Continue reading

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Trends and fads of alcohol packaging may make it easier for teens to acquire alcoholic beverages says consultant

“Is it alcohol or not?”  Prevention Consultant with Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services wants community members to be aware of new trends and fads regarding underage drinking. Are they making it easier for the underage to get … Continue reading

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