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UT Daily Texan reports that Penn State student Timothy Piazza’s alcohol poisoning/hazing death needs to be a lesson to all

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Orientation for the University of Texas comes with parties for inexperienced 18 year olds. Many of these students are looking to enter Greek life in the fall and these potential new members are thrown into alcohol based activities and a higher chance of becoming dangerously intoxicated. This is when it becomes vital for university members to know the laws that surround underage consumption and amnesty, reports the UT Daily Texan. Continue reading

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Texas teenager to Texas Legislature: Ban powdered alcohol

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“It is no secret that underage drinking is a problem in Texas. By allowing powdered alcohol into our state — even if it is regulated — we are simply adding more fuel to the fire. With good intentions, lawmakers in the Texas House and Senate have introduced bills that would regulate powdered alcohol if somehow it were to make its way into our state. As a teenager, I can say without a doubt that this is not enough. Texas should follow the lead of states that have completely banned this dangerous substance, Andrea Marquez, high school student.” Continue reading

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More police training, public education needed to stop ‘drugged’ driving, reports says

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A new report shows that 43 percent of fatally injured drivers with known test results tested positive for drugs, while 38 percent tested positive for alcohol. This is the first time occurrences of drugged driving have surpassed those of drunken driving. Continue reading

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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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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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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 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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Texas mother, son arrested for hosting drug-filled underage drinking birthday party, police say

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Friendswood police said they arrested a 38-year-old mother and her 20-year-old son, among others, for hosting an raucous, underage drinking house party on July 7. Around 2 a.m., an officer was on patrol in the Analea subdivision when he noticed what appeared to be a disturbance in the front yard of a house. It turned out to be an underage drinking party with drugs and alcohol. Police also reported finding crushed up pills possibly for snorting. One subjected arrested was accused of having had 49 Xanax pills on him. Continue reading

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How Parents Can Help Their Underage Kids Resist Alcohol and Drinking …

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At home, how Mom and Dad manage their roles — and the signals they send about alcohol use — affects their children’s future underage drinking behavior. Adolescents whose parents neither kept an eye on them nor provided a supportive home environment were more likely to binge drink. These parental behaviors, along with underage drinking, predicted binge drinking as young adults. The study suggests that parents do make a difference. Continue reading

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Town hall focuses on underage drinking in Williamson County

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Jonathan Gunter, 19, said he used to bring bourbon to high school and drink it from a red soda cup during some of his classes. Gunter, who is now in recovery and no longer attends McNeil High School, spoke Thursday night at a town hall meeting LifeSteps Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition in Round Rock about underage drinking. Gunter said his parents’ intervention started him on the road to recovery. He is just a few days shy of finishing high school at University High School in Austin, a school for students in recovery. Gunter said he plans to attend college and become a social worker in substance abuse issues. “Before, I couldn’t imagine a life without drugs or alcohol,” he said. “Now I finally have a direction.” Continue reading

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Alcohol packaging targets children, group says, worrying parents

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A growing number of parents are afraid that alcohol companies are increasingly targeting their kids. The group is worried that the packaging will present problems to uninformed parents and uninformed children. Some drinks look exactly like soda and energy drinks, with just a small marking that it is alcoholic. Continue reading

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Sorry, kids, but the drinking age should stay at 21; it’s about saving lives

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It seems like conventional wisdom: The drinking age should be 18. After all, why should you be able to vote or serve your country in the military, but not legally buy a drink? But there’s a very compelling case for keeping the drinking age at 21: It saves lives. That may be hard to believe, but at its heart, the drinking age is supposed to stop people from drinking until they’re responsible adults. And the research shows it works — to some extent. So the laws may not be perfect, and they may be disobeyed at times. But the overall evidence is clear: A drinking age of 21 reduces use and saves lives. Continue reading

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Millions spent on ads, but scare tactics won’t prevent underage drinking; youth asset building best solution

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The Australian government invested millions of dollars per year in the ad campaign, designed to prevent underage drinking by scaring teenagers straight. The goal was a worthy one; reducing underage drinking helps reduce numerous negative societal and public health outcomes. But the real question is this: Does the technique work? “All kinds of stuff has been done in the name of prevention, ‘Your brain on drugs’ and all that crap, that wasn’t based on evidence at all,” said Michael Koresky, an educator who was works on youth substance abuse prevention. “There’s not one iota of data that says Red Ribbon campaigns have any effect at all.” Koresky had found himself in underage substance abuse prevention after years of frustration working in treatment and intervention. “(I) just got more and more frustrated trying to help these people, save these people, who are pretty far gone,” he said. “I want to go upstream and … keep them from falling in the river.” Continue reading

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Recent CDC studies reveal alcohol abuse is a growing problem

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Recently a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said that alcohol-related deaths in the United States rose 37 percent from 2002 to 2014. Often we focus on reducing underage drinking, however just because you can legally drink doesn’t remove needed concerns over alcohol-related fatalities and alcoholism.
In 2014, there were more than 30,700 deaths from alcohol-related causes. Continue reading

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Underage drinking is an adult problem; Parents who host teen drinking parties: “Helicopter Partying” – Not cool, not smart, says MADD

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“One of the things we say at MADD is that underage drinking is an adult problem,” J.T. Griffin, chief government affairs officer at Mothers Against Drunk Driving says. “In order for kids to get alcohol, there’s an adult somewhere that messed up. Someone bought it for them, someone didn’t put it away, someone left it out in the open for kids.” It’s not just the driving you have to worry about, Goodwin said. Sexual assault, alcohol poisoning. Someone falls off a deck. This is the chaos you create when you throw an underage party, Griffin continues. Continue reading

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More people drinking more; Alcohol death continue to increase; 37% since 2002 says CDC

Alcohol related death has been increased to 37% from 2002. The staggering spike in the numbers suggest that there have been more people dying because of alcohol than drugs like heroin. 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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Some Sobering Stats on Kids and Drinking

Alcohol poses a far greater threat to children than many parents care to admit, a new report warns. Many kids start drinking at a young age, and their size and inexperience with alcohol renders them more apt to be binge drinkers, said report author Dr. Lorena Siqueira, director of adolescent medicine at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami.

Such hard drinking can prove fatal. For example, one-third of all fatal auto crashes involving alcohol happen among 15- to 20-year-olds, the report found. “The top three causes of mortality in teenagers are motor vehicle accidents, homicides and suicides, and alcohol is strongly associated with each of these,” Siqueira said. Continue reading

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Austin police chief speak of record fatality crashes; encourages parents to warn children of drinking and driving

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After lastest DWI crash on local streets, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo is asking parents to talk with their children to not only discourage them from drinking and driving, but to also explain the dangers of getting in a car with a drunk driver. He encouraged people to call the police if they see bartenders over-serving customers and if they see drunk drivers on the road. Continue reading

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New SAMHSA report shows steady decline in underage drinking from ’02 to ’13; yet still 8 million underage drinkers

New SAMHSA report shows that level of current underage drinking among those aged 12 to 20 decreased from 28.8 percent in 2002 to 22.7 percent in 2013. Likewise, the level of current underage binge drinking also declined from 19.3 percent in 2002 to 14.2 percent in 2013. “When parents communicate clear expectations and they are supported by community efforts to prevent underage drinking, we can make a difference,” said Frances M. Harding, SAMHSA official. Continue reading

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