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Holidays pose special dangers for underage drinking and drug abuse, parents should stay aware

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Underage drinking is down somewhat nationwide, which is good, but often alcohol issues can suddenly become worse especially around the holidays. The holidays can raise the danger when mixing alcohol, house guests and parent’s lack of awareness. Staying aware of what’s happening in your household can prevent tragedies surrounding drug and alcohol abuse. 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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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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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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Begin the ‘alcohol talk’ with your kids at a young age

A campaign launched by SAMHSA suggests that parents should begin talking with their children about the dangers and consequences of drinking alcohol as early as age 9. (samhsa.gov/underagedrinking/) The “Talk. They Hear You” campaign, launched by Substance Abuse and Mental … Continue reading

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Trends and fads of alcohol packaging may make it easier for teens to acquire alcoholic beverages says consultant

“Is it alcohol or not?”  Prevention Consultant with Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services wants community members to be aware of new trends and fads regarding underage drinking. Are they making it easier for the underage to get … Continue reading

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