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Panelists: Liberty Hill has problem with teen drinking, drug use

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Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody said concerning underage drinking, that while it is legal for a minor to drink with a parent, “what you (a parent) accept in moderation, they’ll accept in excess.” He continued, “your child has no intent to drink with you.” Instead, he said, it often serves to give an unspoken green light for the adolescent to drink, even when the parent is not around,” Chody said. The townhall was held at Liberty Hill High School. Continue reading

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Teen Binge Drinking Still a Huge Problem according to CDC report – as Youth Drinking on Downward Trend

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A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that 1 in 6 high school students are binge drinkers, and one-third drank alcohol within the previous 30 days. The teen drinking giveaways are everywhere: the red Solo cups, the Snapchat photos of embarrassing selfies and the more-than-conspicuous headaches and vomiting. Though the number of teens who drink is declining, it remains a problem, especially when it comes to binge drinking, or downing more than five drinks within a couple hours. In 2010, underage drinking was a $24.3 billion problem for the U.S. 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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Embattled Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission director resigns amid investigation into perks

After fielding some tough questions last week by the House Committee on General Investigations and Ethics, Sherry Cook, the executive director of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, has resigned from her position. The move comes after the Texas Tribune reported that Cook along with other TABC top brass had been jet-setting around the country on taxpayer’s money to attend conferences largely funded by the alcohol industry. Continue reading

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Four Easy Ways Parents Can Prevent Underage Drinking

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Parents can make all the difference when it comes to preventing underage and dangerous drinking by their kids. Here are four things you can do: TALK, BE INVOLVED, BE A GOOD ROLE MODEL and DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR HELP. Continue reading

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Don’t be fooled by the myths about underage drinking

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The Greater Austin Underage Drinking Prevention Council (GAUDPC) says to not be fooled by myths about underage drinking, for example, it is safer for a teen to drink with their parents. Teens need parents to model appropriate behavior and explain the laws and consequences of consuming alcoholic beverages. 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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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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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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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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TABC to conduct bar stings to prevent underage drinking

TABC will conduct its back-to-school operation meant to halt illegal sales and underage drinking. The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) on Thursday announced the September undercover effort. The Texas legal drinking age for alcohol is 21. Undercover TABC agents will escort underage individuals trying to buy booze. A TABC statement says the stings will target retailers in cities with major colleges and universities. 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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Austin alcohol sales drop post Uber and Lyft

Something very rare happened in Austin this May 2016: alcohol sales dropped, according to the Texas Comptroller. While there is no direct explanation for the two percent drop in sales from this time last year, some bartenders and bar owners in Austin think it may have something to do with ridesharing. Specifically, since Uber and Lyft left Austin in the beginning of May. Continue reading

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Court says: Adults who serve booze to underage kids in Maryland can be held responsible for the consequences

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Adults who provide alcohol to underage drinkers can be held civilly liable for any death or harm that comes to others at the hands of the young people they hosted, according to an opinion Maryland’s highest court issued Tuesday. “This is a wake-up call to the so-called cool parents who on Friday nights have their kids’ friends over and allow them to drink in their basements,” said Tim Maloney, the attorney representing Linda Dankos. In 2009, Dankos’s 17-year-old son got drunk in the garage of another parent and then killed in a crash with another intoxicated partygoer. Continue reading

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UTPD responds to freshman alcohol consumption during summer orientation sessions

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Despite conduct expectations set by the Dean of Students, it is not uncommon for freshmen attending New Student Orientation to attend fraternity parties or consume alcohol when the day’s activities are through, says UT-Austin Police Department. “We have officers out on patrol every night to look for a litany of suspicious activities, including alcohol consumption [or possession] by minors. Every summer during orientation sessions, we have to deal with these situations.” Continue reading

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Underage Drinking: What You Should Know and Tips for Raising Alcohol-Free Teens

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Parents hold tremendous influence on whether their child decides to drink or not. Alcohol is the most widely used substance of abuse among America’s young people and poses enormous health and safety risks. With school out and summer here it’s an important time to talk with your kids about alcohol. Be clear to your teen that you disapprove of underage drinking. Talk often about the dangers of alcohol (see below for tips on talking). Here are other things you can do: Continue reading

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