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20 year old Texas A&M fraternity member died of alcohol, drugs last December, Medical Examiner report

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July 11, 2017 – College Station — Autopsy results show a Texas A&M University student whose body was found last year at his fraternity house died of an accidental drug and alcohol overdose. The Brazos County Sheriff’s Office says 20 … Continue reading

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Peer pressure can limit student binge drinking, says University of Kansas study

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Peer pressure can lead college students to drink heavily. But a new study by a researcher shows that social cues can also be an effective way to get college students to stop binge drinking, too. A University of Kansas study found that the prospect of embarrassment and shame among peers may be the most effective way to keep students from drinking dangerously Continue reading

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UT Daily Texan reports that Penn State student Timothy Piazza’s alcohol poisoning/hazing death needs to be a lesson to all

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Orientation for the University of Texas comes with parties for inexperienced 18 year olds. Many of these students are looking to enter Greek life in the fall and these potential new members are thrown into alcohol based activities and a higher chance of becoming dangerously intoxicated. This is when it becomes vital for university members to know the laws that surround underage consumption and amnesty, reports the UT Daily Texan. Continue reading

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You have double the risk of premature death if you drank alcohol as a teenager

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When did you start to drink? While the drinking age in the UK remains 18, many teenagers have their first foray into alcohol much before this. However, if you were getting drunk before you turned 15, this can almost double your risk of an early death, new research has revealed. Teens drinking before their 15th year – binge drinking in particular – are 47% more likely to develop serious health implications later in life. Continue reading

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Revelations from hearing on teen’s death from alcohol poisoning at Penn State frat

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“He looked dead. He looked like a corpse,” it was after his second fall down a set of basement stairs. Penn State student Timothy Piazza had fallen almost 10 hours earlier after a hazing ritual, and fell down the same set of stairs early the next morning after being left alone on a couch. It took less than 10 minutes for the 14 Beta Theta Pi pledges to complete “the gauntlet,” a hazing ritual involving drinking large quantities of beer, wine and vodka at stations, according to Monday’s testimony. Piazza had a BAC of nearly 0.36. Continue reading

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24 students face hazing charges after 5 softball players suffer alcohol poisoning at Tarleton State

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24 students were charged with hazing two months after binge-drinking initiations sent five Tarleton State students to the hospital. Authorities recently issued 72 warrants for those involved in the incident that left the five intramural softball players with alcohol poisoning. 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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19 year old Penn State student has .40 BAC and fraternity and 18 of its members are charged in student’s death;

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A Penn State University fraternity pledge had toxic levels of alcohol in his body and was badly injured in a series of falls, authorities said Friday in announcing criminal charges for his death against 18 members of the organization and the fraternity itself. Timothy Piazza, 19, had a blood-alcohol content of nearly 0.40 the night of the pledge ceremony. Continue reading

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Texas teenager to Texas Legislature: Ban powdered alcohol

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“It is no secret that underage drinking is a problem in Texas. By allowing powdered alcohol into our state — even if it is regulated — we are simply adding more fuel to the fire. With good intentions, lawmakers in the Texas House and Senate have introduced bills that would regulate powdered alcohol if somehow it were to make its way into our state. As a teenager, I can say without a doubt that this is not enough. Texas should follow the lead of states that have completely banned this dangerous substance, Andrea Marquez, high school student.” Continue reading

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Synthetic cannabinoid use in teens in Austin

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May, 8, 2017 — KVUE —  The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH) studies the drug among teens. They found at least 5 percent of high school students admit to using synthetic cannabinoids. That’s down from 2011, when it was … Continue reading

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The Opioid Epidemic: How to Protect Your Family

Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S.—doubling between 1999 and 2015. More than car accidents. More than falls. More than homicide. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is dedicated to ensuring that families have access to the care that they need, in order to give children the best possible chance at a happy and healthy life. Treating and preventing opioid use disorder will help assure this outcome and—given the opioid epidemic in this country—it is a responsibility we must accept and share together. 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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Texas Could Pardon Underage Drinking of Sex Assault Victims

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In a push to combat campus sexual assault, the Texas Legislature is moving to pardon victims from criminal charges for underage drinking. A bill passed unanimously Wednesday by the state Senate protects from prosecution victims of sexual assault who admit to underage drinking while they were being abused. 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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Wyoming Coroner reports 14-year old teen died from alcohol poisoning

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April 13, 2017 — Fremont County, Wyo. – The death of 14-year-old Millani Watt of Arapahoe, Wyoming was ruled accidental by the Fremont County Coroner’s Office. She died at a home in Lander on Friday, March 17.   Fremont County Coroner Mark Stratmoen … Continue reading

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Embattled Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission director resigns amid investigation into perks

After fielding some tough questions last week by the House Committee on General Investigations and Ethics, Sherry Cook, the executive director of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, has resigned from her position. The move comes after the Texas Tribune reported that Cook along with other TABC top brass had been jet-setting around the country on taxpayer’s money to attend conferences largely funded by the alcohol industry. Continue reading

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Texas House Bill proposes change of some state alcohol violations from criminal to civil penalty

Texas House Bill 1999 proposes to reduce the penalty for a minor for purchasing, possessing or consuming alcohol from a misdemeanor to a civil infraction for the first and second violations. The third violation would remain a Class C misdemeanor … 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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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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