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Aware Awake Alive to help launch national resource center called “With Us” to prevent student deaths from alcohol hazing

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California University, Cal Poly has created a research and resource center called “With Us: The National Network for Peer Accountability” with the goal of “preventing harm and lives lost to hazing, alcohol and drug abuse, sexual assault, hate and bias on college campuses. Continue reading

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UK study shows there were “no benefits” to parents introducing alcohol to teenagers at home – still leads to binge drinking later

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Children given alcohol by parents in the belief it will foster responsible drinking are more likely to become binge drinkers, a major new study has found. The six-year analysis of nearly 2,000 12 to 18-year-olds revealed there were “no benefits” to introducing alcohol to teenagers at home and that doing so only encouraged them to seek it elsewhere. Continue reading

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National Science panel’s sweeping recommendations on drunken driving; lower BAC to 0.05, checkpoints, and increase alcohol excise tax

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The nation’s more than 10,000 drunken driving deaths a year are “entirely preventable,” according to a government-commissioned report released Wednesday by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. For example, states should pass laws lowering their drunken driving thresholds from a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.08 to 0.05. Continue reading

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Grand jury: Criminal charges warranted in death of 20-year old Florida State University fraternity pledge

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Andrew Coffey died earlier this month off-campus at Pi Kappa Phi’s fraternity after party. Authorities believe alcohol was involved. An investigation is still underway. A grand jury said Tuesday that it saw enough evidence for criminal charges to be filed in the death of a Florida State University fraternity pledge Continue reading

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Police encounter Bethesda MD teen at alleged underage drinking party before his death

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Montgomery County police say they have body camera video of officers encountering an apparently drunk 17-year old Walt Whitman High School student in the hours before the teen died after attending a suspected underage drinking party. But police did not cite the teen for the suspected underage drinking or take him into custody. Navid Sepehri’s body was later found lying face up in a small stream nearby. The teen had apparently drowned and a bottle of vodka was found in one pocket. Continue reading

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Alcohol may have played role in death of 20-year old Texas State student following frat party

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Matthew “Matt” Ellis was found dead in an off-campus apartment near Texas State University. The 20-year-old sophomore was found unresponsive at the apartment complex late Monday morning. Preliminary findings indicate alcohol may have been a factor in his death, but San Marcos police are awaiting results of a toxicology tests. Continue reading

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Alcohol-free tailgate at University of Texas unites Austin’s sober community toward recovery

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Miriam Rivero’s first UT tailgate where she felt comfortable as a student in recovery from addiction was at an alcohol-free tailgate, hosted by sober fraternity Alpha 180 and the Recovery First Tailgaters. Continue reading

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8 Reasons for Underage Drinking among teens – info for parents

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While there is no single reason why teenagers use drugs or alcohol, here are some of the core issues and influences behind the behavior of teenage drug and alcohol use. It’s important that you, as a parent, understand these reasons and talk to your kids about the dangers of drinking and using drugs.
1- Other People
2- Popular Media
3- Escape and Self-Medication
4- Boredom
5- Rebellion
6- Instant Gratification
7- Lack of Confidence
8- Misinformation Continue reading

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Truth about 19 year old Kenneka Jenkins’ death in Chicago: Alcohol was the culprit.

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I was underage drinking that explains how a 19-year-old’s Chicago girl’s body ended up in a freezer in a deserted area of the Crowne Plaza O’Hare Hotel. Kenneka was at a party at the hotel where liquor was available. She was too young to purchase liquor herself. And she was too young to legally consume it. Someone broke the law by providing it to her. The real culprit that has now been revealed — underage drinking. Continue reading

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Why today’s teens aren’t in any hurry to grow up; less underage drinking but also less working

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Fewer teens are drinking alcohol, having sex or working part-time jobs, less likely to drive, date or go out without their parents. Working, driving, drinking alcohol, having sex and dating have one thing in common: They are all activities adults do. Adolescence – once the beginning of adulthood – now seems to be an extension of childhood. It’s not that teens are more virtuous or lazier. They could simply be taking longer to grow up. Continue reading

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Advice On Quitting Alcohol And Living A Life of Sobriety – How do you do it? Here are a few steps …

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A lot of adults in many cultures in this world have not gone for any extended period of time without alcohol since their teenage years and for many this is a happy crutch, able to control with ease and drink for pleasure. For others who are heavy drinkers or binge drinkers, unhealthy amounts are consumed in short periods of time but stopped to resume daily life and business until the next drinking session begins. Continue reading

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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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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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OPINION: Drinking alcohol to cope only makes stress worse

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If one chooses to consume enough alcohol in an effort to forget their troubles and stress, they might end up feeling worse the next day. You may be able to forget what caused your stress, but your brain and body will remember it still exists. In fact, alcohol may actually increase your stress. 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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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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Drinking to Blackout … not always the same as binge drinking – are teens learning through trial and error

One student mentions an exploit from her bygone freshman year. “I remember – well, I don’t remember it, but I was told about it – there was this one night I blacked out and then got pushed out of taxi. My friends just left me lying in the road Uptown. I woke up with gashes down both my legs and called them demanding to know how it had happened.” 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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