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MADD Asks: Are we raising a generation of ‘affluenza’ teens? Adding social media fame to drunk driving is a horrifying & must sto

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Last week, not one, but two news stories surfaced about young people not only driving drunk, but bragging about it on social media. As a mother whose 18-year old son was killed due to the choices of a teen who drove after drinking alcohol and using drugs, these stories both dishearten and disgust me. But as the National President of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, I am left to ask myself, are we raising the next generation of Ethan Couchs? 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Austin’s Kathie Tovo writes that underage drinking is not part of city’s lifestyle; encourages parents to talk to their children about dangers & consequences of underage drinking

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By Kathie Tovo — “For those of us who live in Austin and for many who visit, Austin has a lot to offer – live music, great outdoor entertainment and plenty of trails and parks to enjoy with our families. However, Austin is also quickly earning a reputation as a city where alcohol is plentiful and easily accessible at many of the events hosted here. But are we sending the right message to our children — that ours is a culture that includes underage drinking as a part of our city’s lifestyle? As a public servant who loves this city and as Austin’s mayor pro tem, I truly hope not.” Continue reading

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As student return to campus: A Snapshot of Annual High-Risk College Drinking Consequences

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Theconsequences of excessive drinking by college students are more significant, more destructive, and more costly than many parents realize. Continue reading

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