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18-year-old LSU student dies in possible hazing incident, high level of alcohol shows in autopsy

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An 18-year old LSU freshman died Thursday in what authorities are investigating as a hazing incident. An autopsy of the college freshman showed had a highly elevated blood-alcohol level, according to East Baton Rouge Coroner. Continue reading

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UT’s Expunction Project gives pro bono help for criminal record cleanup, restoring reputation

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Thanks to a free service from University of Texas law students that helps people expunge their criminal records, two of the worst days in Wayne Johnson’s drug-riddled life might as well have never happened. Two expungement clinics will take place Sept. 19 and Sept. 26 at the Travis County Law Library. The Expunction Project, a student-run and attorney-supervised clinic at UT that every year helps 100 people like Johnson restore their reputations so they can land employment, housing and other opportunities that otherwise would be hindered by the presence of a criminal history. Continue reading

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Straight Talk for College Women: Be prudent about alcohol, hooking-up, and know that school administrators don’t have your interests at heart

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Do not get drunk and go home with someone you don’t know. Anyone who has followed the recent turmoil knows that binge drinking is the common denominator in reported incidents of campus assault. A drunken stupor never justifies criminal behavior, but staying sober can help avoid dangerous or compromising situations. And, if you are assaulted, seek immediate help from someone you trust who is NOT affiliated with the college. Remember, the college’s interests are not your own. Call your parents or another trusted adult, call 911, seek medical attention, or call a rape hotline. The Justice Department estimates approximately 1 in 53 college women will be victims of rape or sexual assault Continue reading

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Alcohol is a dangerous drug, and we need to maintain a strong system of control – keep the alcoholic beverage commissions strong

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“First, let’s end the pretense about what alcohol is. A mixed cocktail isn’t a soft drink. A beer isn’t the equivalent of a bottle of Gatorade. Sipping a glass of wine isn’t the same as sipping a glass of iced tea,” says Dr. Joe Godfrey, Executive Director, Alabama Citizens Action Program. “We should stop talking about alcoholic beverages as if they are no more harmful than milk or coffee.” Continue reading

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Sherman man charged with manslaughter for providing alcohol in connection with 15-year-old teen’s death

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Sherman police say a man was arrested for manslaughter after a 15-year old teen girl died from alcohol poisoning two months ago. Kayla Youngs given alcohol at house party and never woke up next day. Blood Alcohol Content was .44. 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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TABC officers work to keep tainted alcohol from Texas borders

Reports of tainted alcohol in Mexico have made their way to Texas border towns. The U.S. State Department is warning about possible tainted or counterfeit alcohol being purchased in Mexico. The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission says this is a common issue at the Texas-Mexico border. More than 1,000 containers of illicit alcohol have been seized during the 2017 fiscal year, TABC reports. 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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Binge Drinking Drops Among Teenagers, but not with females, lower socioeconomic groups and African-Americans

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Teens are binge drinking less, according to a new report. “It’s good news,” said the study from University of Michigan. The bad news is that frequent binge drinking is not decreasing as rapidly among members of lower socioeconomic groups, African-Americans and girls. Plus, the exception is marijuana; daily use and near-daily use of that drug have increased, while perceptions of harm have decreased. Continue reading

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Former Missouri University student sues Kappa Alpha for alcohol hazing following .41 BAC

The Missouri University fraternity are being sued by a former MU student who was injured in a 2016 hazing event involving binge-drinking. Brandon Zingale nearly died in an alcohol-related hazing event in 2016. During the night became so intoxicated he could not take care of himself, so fraternity members put him to bed wearing a backpack to keep him from rolling onto his back and dying of asphyxiation, according to the suit. When he arrived at the hospital the next day, his blood alcohol content was .41. Continue reading

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Binge Drinking Drops Among Teenagers; but Not Among African-Americans and Girls

American adolescents are binge drinking less than they used to, according to a new report. “It’s good news.” The bad news is that frequent binge drinking is not decreasing as rapidly among members of lower socioeconomic groups, African-Americans and girls. Continue reading

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Underage woman claims she was raped after being served alcohol at Houston-area restaurant, files lawsuit

On June 11, 20-year-old Haylea Spillman said her late lunch at a Houston restaurant which turned into a violent night she will never forget. Now the Harris County Sheriff’s Office is investigating Spillman’s rape allegations. TABC investigation underage drinking. Continue reading

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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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Daily Texan Commentary: Legislative progress mandates institutional reassessments of sexual assault

During the 85th session, the Texas Legislature sent three bills addressing college rape to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk. Two of these bills prohibit the prosecution of minors who report sexual assault, harassment, or other forms of sexual misconduct while illegally consuming alcohol. The third bill mandates that Texas universities have anonymous online platforms for students to report such assaults and misconduct. While these measures present a heartening turn in the legislation regarding rape on campus, significant adjustments must be made by universities in order to accommodate expanded understandings of the problem of rape on campus. 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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