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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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First 6-weeks of College critical for underage drinking; parents can help by communication with their student

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It’s that time again with the excitement of a new group of freshmen arriving on college campuses. But it is also a time of risks with excessive alcohol consumption, underage drinking and resulting consequences for your student. Parents can prevent much of the risk by staying involved with your student during the critical first six weeks of the semester, a vulnerable time for binge drinking due of social pressures and the freedom of being away from home and family often for the first time. 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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Counting the drinks … when did two drinks a week become 14?

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Most of us occupy the space between teetotaler and drunkard, but that’s a big span to move along. And if we’re somehow in that approved zone, how do we stay there? So it’s not just about counting the drinks — it’s about the number where each of us becomes untrustworthy. What am I no longer capable of in the shift between one number and the next? We are conditioned to think about that third drink as it pertains to driving, but it goes beyond how we get home. Most of us don’t like to recognize problem drinking as a possibility within our own orbit, or the toll it can take on our emotional, family and work lives. The truth is you don’t have to be a binge-drinking alcoholic for drinking to be problematic. 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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Could College Kids Be Sobering Up and Partying Without the Booze, saying the Fun No Longer Outweighs the Risks

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College and drinking: two concepts so closely linked that many students can’t conceive of one without the other. However, it may be surprising to learn that binge drinking among college students has dropped 13% over the past decade. So what’s behind the fall in binge drinking students? What’s the reality of being a sober scholar, and can college be just as fun without drinking? Although it may be impossible to stop students from drinking the rise of the sober party movement is helping sobriety separate from the stigma attached to it, a crucial aspect as young people embrace alcohol-free events. Continue reading

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‘Appalling’ Underage Drinking Parties Targeted by Grieving Parents of two students killed in Maryland

The parents of a Maryland teenager killed after an underage drinking party turned grief into action this week to push for stronger laws. Members of the Senate committee unanimously approved the bill Wednesday, drawing cheers from the crowd. Bills introduced in Annapolis would require toughen the penalties for the hosts of underage drinking parties. House Bill 409, named Alex and Calvin’s Law, would a penalty of one-year maximum in jail and double the fine from $2,500 to $5,000 for a first offense for providing alcohol to underage drinkers. 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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