Are You a Binge Drinker?

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Are You a Binge Drinker? Recent research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham estimates that 1,825 college students ages 18-24 die each year from alcohol-related injuries like car accidents, about 20 percent of college students meet the criteria for an alcohol use disorder, and 1 in 4 college students report academic consequences from drinking. So binge drinking is a college kid problem right? Everybody grows out of it right? Research says, “not so.” Although most people associate binge drinking with...

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Kids and Alcohol ads

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Kids and Alcohol ads A recent study published by the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs examined the exposure of kids to alcohol ads. They looked at the different types of advertising, the ads that were most often viewed and, the characteristics of the kids who were exposed most often to alcohol related ads. The results were interesting. It was discovered that most of the ads viewed by the kids were outdoor advertisements, with television advertisements a close second. Further, the researchers found that...

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Graduation and Underage Drinking

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Graduation and Underage Drinking With prom and graduation season upon us, many law enforcement groups are collaborating to advise teens and their parents on a very simple and straightforward message: “Underage drinking is illegal and it will not be tolerated.” Many store owners display signs warning teens or their parents of the consequences of getting caught drinking while underage. Law enforcement hopes this deters individuals from doing so. While many think teenagers are solely to blame for underage...

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Alcohol and Prom Night

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Alcohol and Prom Night As prom season begins, many parents start to worry about the safety of their children on this special, coming-of-age evening. Most kids attend the prom but end up leaving the dance at some point to head to another gathering with their date. The prom doesn’t end with the dance at the school, as it did years ago. And many of the after prom parties involve alcohol. If you ask teens, over 90% of them will tell you that their friends will drink and drive on prom night. Research shows that of...

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April is Alcohol Awareness Month

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April is Alcohol Awareness Month Beginning in 1987, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) has sponsored programs related to alcohol awareness in the month of April. The purpose of the focus in April is to raise awareness about alcoholism and reduce the shame surrounding the disease. The theme for 2016 is “Talk Early, Talk Often: Parents Can Make a Difference in Teen Alcohol Use.” The NCADD emphasizes that having conversations with kids about alcohol use can be complicated, but doing so...

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Lower Legal Limit on Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)

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Lower Legal Limit on Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) This month the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommended that states across the country drop the legal BAC (blood alcohol content) levels from 0.08 to 0.05 — “or even lower” — in an effort to discourage more people from driving while intoxicated in 2016. CNN.com reported that the NTSB tweeted “Safety is a journey, not a destination. Reducing BAC limit to .05 is one of many steps to end substance impairment in...

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