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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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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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School is out soon; time for parents to plan safe and healthy summer for teens by preventing underage drinking

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School will be out soon and time for summer vacation. The Greater Austin Underage Drinking Prevention Council (GAUDPC) reminds youth and parents to take time to sit down and talk about underage drinking risks that may result from extra free time and lack of school or parental supervision. Summertime is a time for make friends, fun activities and more free time. However, poor choices made by teens mixing in peer pressure and availability of alcohol can derail a teen’s life in many ways. 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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A year after fatal crash, more enforcement at SXSW looks for underage drinking, over-serving of alcohol

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More law enforcement agencies will assist during SXSW this year. Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo notes, ” … we all know that alcohol, the abuse of alcohol, over-serving of alcohol, serving of alcohol to minors, is part of the problem, the challenge that we have during SXSW. The most important difference this year is that we are going to have TABC,” Acevedo says. That’s the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, which will have 30 officers stationed around SXSW. Continue reading

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“Alcoholism research surprisingly has come a long way” – says opinion article in Austin Statesman Newspaper

Breakthroughs in genetics, neurobiology and neuropharmacology have led scientists to know that some people who drink harmfully may develop a full-blown disease, leaving them unable to stop drinking without help. Many people drink too much to get high, to celebrate, or to overcome anxiety or depression and never have any long-term negative effects. However, 10 to 15 percent of people who use alcohol develop the disease of alcohol dependence. Continue reading

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GAUDPC: Help prevent underage drinking

The three primary causes of death for youth each year, homicide, suicide and accident fatalities, but alcohol remains the primary causative factor of each category of death. The Greater Austin Underage Drinking Prevention Council (GAUDPC) wants families to have fun this summer with holiday events, picnics and time off from school. Having a healthy and safe family-oriented summer should be priority one. Continue reading

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Binge Drinking Teens: What and Where They Drink — John Hopkin’s study reports

Adults drink alcoholic beverages more frequently than young people, but when kids do drink they tend to drink a lot. Binge drinking in teens is becoming epidemic, as more young people use alcohol than illegal drugs or tobacco. Teens most frequently drink at the home of a friend, and average 4 to 4.9 drinks on that occasion. Continue reading

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5 Tips to Help Parents With the Underage Drinking Conversation

Talking to your teens about drinking can be difficult and awkward. But this conversation doesn’t have to be impossible, weird or fraught with tension. Now is the time to prepare yourself for this conversation and use this trust to open up a dialogue about alcohol. Continue reading

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Next GAUDPC Meeting – December 16, 2011

When: December 16, 2011 Time: 10:30 am to noon Where:  Cafe Express –  3814 North Lamar AUSTIN, TX 78705 (map) Topics:  TBD Upcoming Events:  Controlled Party Dispersal Training by TABC Next Meeting:  February 2011 at Cafe Express

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