“…it has become clear, that during adolescence…the brain is highly plastic and shaped by experience…Alcohol appears to interfere with the changes in circuitry that occur during learning.” –Dr. Aaron White, Duke University. Keep up to date with local and nationwide coverage of the underage drinking epidemic.
NEW YORK, May 22, 2013 — /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- While many parents may think that allowing their teens and their teens' friends to drink at home under adult supervision keeps kids safe and leads to healthier attitudes about drinking, the truth is that there are serious negative consequences for both parents and teens. The Partnership at Drugfree.org and The Treatment Research Institute (TRI) today announced the launch of a new, interactive web resource for parents and caregivers to help inform them about one of those negative consequences: parents' legal liabilities if they serve alcohol to teens.
“I don’t need to tell you that alcohol use by young people is dangerous,” said Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Administrator Robert Listenbee at a webinar held this week by the Interagency Coordination Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking (ICCPUD.)
The earlier a person starts drinking, the greater the chance he or she will consume more alcohol later in life, according to a new study of humans and rats. People who start drinking during puberty consume more alcohol later in life than those who start drinking later.
Female college students are more likely than their male peers to drink more alcohol than is recommended by government guidelines, Harvard University researchers have found.
My mother was a cross between Genghis Khan and Morgan le Fay and all the hoodlums in the neighborhood feared her. But it was under her tutelage I learned that Providence often gives you what you need instead of what you want. It must have been a divine plan that caused the stork to drop me down the chimney at 233rd street in the Bronx. Someone knew that my survival was dependent upon the parenting of a benevolent dictator.
This weekend, Boise Police conducted several alcohol compliance operations across the city in conjunction with graduation and prom events taking place
Kids talk to their friends for hours every day in-person, by text or on-line, talking each other into believing and doing things they think won’t hurt them.
A new survey of teens finds 23 percent admit they have driven under the influence of alcohol, prescription drugs or marijuana. Almost 20 percent of teens who drink and drive say alcohol improves their driving, while 34 percent say the same about marijuana.
Four years of heavy drinking between the ages of 18 and 25 could permanently increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, a new study suggests.
An analysis of deaths related to underage alcohol use finds 68 percent are not traffic-related, USA Today reports. The study, by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), found 32 percent of these deaths are traffic-related, 30 percent are homicides, 14 percent are suicides, 9 percent are alcohol poisonings and 15 percent are from other causes.
This is the question that’s bothered me since hearing about Steubenville, Rehtaeh Parsons in Canada and now Audrie Pott.
Saturday is 4/20, also known as "Marijuana Day." Do you know where your kids will be?
April is Alcohol Awareness Month. Parents, you matter, so with prom and graduation season at hand, take time to talk with your teen about the dangers of underage drinking and drug use/abuse.
On Saturday, April 20th, parents need to pay special attention to what their children are doing. 4/20 is a day frequently associated with marijuana smoking.
One of the reasons Alcohol Awareness Month is held in April is because it is the beginning of the prom and graduation season, a time when celebrations can turn dangerous for underage drinkers. Many communities conduct anti-drinking campaigns during the month aimed at curtailing alcohol use before, during and after the special events.
Boise Police conducted another citywide alcohol compliance check at local establishments on Friday. Since many minors were out of school and on spring break, officers conduct the checks periodically -- in this case, with the help of two 17-year-old juveniles.
Parents who discuss drinking with their teens before they start college can influence their children’s drinking behavior once they are at school, a new study suggests.
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Officer Jermaine Galloway, Alcohol Compliance Officer of the Boise Police Department wrote an article for the national American Police Beat Magazine about the fake ID issues and trends for law enforcement. They ran this article in their April issue.
Video: In the wake of the Steubenville rape convictions, a University of Oregon student made a video showing how to treat a woman who is passed-out drunk.
A study indicates people who can start to drink younger are more likely to turn out to be binge drinkers. At Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Andrew Plunk saw this in national survey data. He compared people who grew up in states where it was legal to drink at 18 with people from states where the age was 21.
Blood Alcohol Level (BAL) is the amount of alcohol present in your blood as you drink. It's calculated by determining It's calculated by determining how many milligrams of alcohol are present in 100 milliliters of blood. But you don't need a breathalyzer, a calculator, or a measurement conversion chart to figure out what BAL you had last night.
A 14-year-old honor student from Northridge, Los Angeles, died this week after inhaling computer keyboard cleaner, a growing trend among students as young as eighth grade.
Know where your teenager will be. Obtain an address and phone number. Agree that he or she will call you if the location is changed.
It's an annual rite of spring.
This is a KTVB News Group special presentation from Meridian Middle School of motivational speaker Nick Vujicic and his story of triumph. Born without arms or legs, Nick travels the world inspiring others to beat the odds. Now he is bringing his story to Idaho.
At 18 years of age, Americans are considered legal adults with rights and responsibilities. So why is 21 the legal drinking age? The tendency to binge drink may have something to do with it.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. —40/29 News received new information about the University of Arkansas fraternity at the center of a hazing investigation.
Last month, I had the good fortune to spend a few minutes with Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse, the top researcher in the field of addiction. When I asked what is the most important message we need to get to parents and the public, she responded that she is gravely concerned about the number of college age students binge drinking to the point of either seriously injuring themselves or dying of alcohol poisoning.
There is no “responsible use” of alcohol by minors. Not only does allowing minors to consume alcohol send a message that some laws are meant to be broken, but adolescent drinking may bring about a host of dangers and lifelong ramifications.
It's been dubbed 'drunkorexia': Starving oneself to 'save calories' for nights of drinking, or in order to get drunk faster. And it's a growing problem for young women and men alike.
MOSCOW, ID - "Idaho Drug Free Youth" has been focusing their attention to the Palouse over the last couple of weeks.
An underage drinking prevention program featuring "confessions from Idaho teens" will be held at 6:30 p.m. today at Moscow Middle School and at 6:30 Wednesday at Grangeville High School.
February, 7, 2013 – A new study has been released that links advertising to early, underage drinking. Prominence Treatment Center is a Los Angeles based, luxury rehab center that is looking to help parents detect early signs of teenage drinking to prevent alcohol addiction before it starts.
MOSCOW -- High risk drinking on college campuses is in the news again. Data compiled by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism is drawing attention to what many experts believe is a growing problem.
Energy drinks can be dangerous for teenagers, according to a new report published in a pediatrics journal. The drinks are particularly dangerous when they are combined with alcohol, CBS News reports. The drinks can cause rapid heartbeat, insomnia, high blood pressure, anxiety and obesity, researchers write in Pediatrics in Review.
What do kids learn when they see TV advertisements that make drinking look awesome? They certainly aren’t learning to wait till they’re old enough.
Why are some people more likely to drink and drive than others? Is it a cultural issue? New research suggests it may be linked with attitudes about alcohol in the home during the teen years.
For the last several months it's been our pleasure to meet many engaged, informed people devoted to protecting Idaho families and supporting Idaho's young people. With Idaho's system of alcohol regulation under attack, people who are passionate about prevention have to be more vigilant than ever. Proponents of liquor privatization and deregulation have been busy. Next month the City Club of Boise is hosting a discussion about deregulation in Idaho, a discussion sure to raise awareness of the issue in the legislature. (Please consider signing up to attend the forum.)
Most parents are concerned about the influence that media has on their kids, from encouraging them to smoke and drink alcohol, to doing drugs or becoming violent. That's why many try to supervise and limit what they watch on TV, which movies they see, and what video games they play.
According to a 2011 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 39 percent of high school students use alcohol at least once within a 30-day period. It’s not quite a majority, but it’s a significant minority, and yours may be among them whether you realize it or not.
High school programs that teach teens to better manage their personality traits can help reduce and postpone problem drinking, a new study suggests.
Not that many generations ago, sharing a beer with Dad was almost a rite of passage into the middle teen years.
The root cause of alcohol abuse is a complex issue with no single or easy answer. Developing intervention strategies will have to consider multiple risks and protective factors.
It’s no surprise when a study comes out and says teenagers who hang out with troublemakers are more likely to drink. But what makes some teens less likely to drink?
Parents have been warned of the dangers of a simple new device freely available online which heats alcohol and allows it to be inhaled - reportedly giving the user an instant but intense high.
It’s not just fraternity brothers who are guzzling one beer too many. Women and high school girls are equally likely to drink too much.
Some grocery stores and other groups are gearing up to propose Idaho move away from being a 'control state' to using a privatized liquor model. Washington State just went that direction last summer -- and some grocery stores would like to see that in the Gem State
Binge drinking is a dangerous behavior but is not widely recognized as a women's health problem.
One in five high school girls binge drink, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report finds almost 14 million women in the United States binge drink about three times a month.
Do you know what the biggest risk factor for underage drinking is?
Five Idaho inmates are blaming alcohol for the crimes that put them in prison and are suing some of the nation’s top liquor and wine companies for $1 billion
AS THE PARENT of teenage girls I am aware of the dangers of teenage drinking.
A recent study followed 92 teenagers for 18 months to see if alcohol and marijuana use would change the structure and functionality of their brain’s white matter. Links were found between heavy alcohol use and damaged white matter, which plays a role in decision making, memory and attention span.
Ever hosted a party with juveniles, or supplied alcohol to your own children in your home? Learn about the facts, legal obligations and other information.
(dailyRx News) The debate about whether behavioral problems can be caused when minors have the occasional sip of alcohol continues. The tipping point may be the first time teens get drunk, and not when they have their first drink.
The festive lights that started twinkling along 5th Ave – despite it seeming as if we had only just gotten to this side of Halloween – weren’t enough of a sign for me. It wasn’t until after my family’s own Thanksgiving dinner, when I loosened my belt a notch, that it hit me. The holiday season is upon us, in full swing – with all of its candles and lights, connecting with family and friends, eating and drinking, gift-giving, celebrating, and of course partying.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, underage drinking cost society $68 billion in 2007, or $1 for every drink consumed. This includes medical bills, income loss, and costs from pain and suffering. And this price tag does not include the physical, emotional, and spiritual devastation that occurs when adolescents and alcohol mix.
The analysis of data gathered between 2008 and 2010 from the U.S. National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that more than 26 percent of 12- to 20-year-olds reported drinking in the month before they were surveyed, and nearly 9 percent said they bought their own alcohol the last time they drank.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2012 -- Ask, Listen, Learn encourages kids to "say 'YES' to a healthy lifestyle and 'NO' to underage drinking"
A new study concludes that parental involvement is more important than the school environment in preventing or limiting children’s use of alcohol or marijuana.
TWIN FALLS • Every few months Staff Sgt. Perry Barnhill and his crew visit up to 25 bars in one night. It’s not for a cold drink, but rather to check which establishments will sell alcohol to minors.
KCPC is pleased to see a reduction in both youth marijuana usage (9%) and youth alcohol usage (3%) as captured in the 2012 Kamiah School District PRIDE Risk and Protective Factor Student Survey given to 6th-12th graders. We are just now delving into the report, watch for a detailed report coming soon. But for now be proud that you are part of the community efforts that achieved this phenomenal reduction!!
Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) - Wednesday, at Canyon Ridge high school, a large group of parents and teens got together to take part in an open discussion about the dangers of underage drinking. A presentation called "true confessions from Idaho teens" was held with the goal of showing parents and teens the true to life dangers of teenage alcohol consumption. The hour and a half long program, which was put on by the Idaho drug free youth organization, was designed to get families to open up the lines of communication about the hot button issue of underage drinking and highlight that dangers involved.
One-quarter of 12-to-20-year-olds say they drank alcohol in the past month, according to a new government report. Almost 9 percent said they purchased their own alcohol the last time they drank. Buying and consuming alcohol is prohibited for anyone under age 21 in the United States
Encouraging News on Alcohol Compliance Checks! Boise, Nov. 13, 2012 - As part an an ongoing enforcement and education campaign aimed at keeping Boise's young people safe, Boise Police conducted an alcohol sales compliance check throughout the city this past weekend. The goal of these ongoing checks is to educate local merchants and citizens on the dangers of underage drinking. Officers say the results were perhaps the most positive seen over the past seven years.
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah has the lowest rate of underage drinking in the nation, according to the results of a new study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Newswise — More than a quarter of the American population who are too young to drink are doing so anyway according to a new report issued today by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Two juvenile females were transported to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center last night after they were discovered to be highly intoxicated. The girls, ages 13 and 14, were located in the 1400 block of Elm Street at about 6:47 p.m. According to reports, the 13-year-old female was found face down and fo... aming at the mouth.
Teenage party? Big deal. Kids drink. It’s a part of growing up. Why should law enforcement get involved? Granted, it violates the law that these children are consuming alcohol, but it’s only a statutory violation. A few more years and their behavior wouldn’t even turn a head. In fact, it’s normal. Ok, maybe it’s a bit concerning. After all, teenagers don’t know how to act most of the time anyway, especially in packs. Now add alcohol consumption. Too many hormones and too little impulse control is never a good combination. Don’t we have better more pressing things to worry about than teenagers drinking? Isn’t that more of a parenting issue?
Parents who closely monitor their teens’ behavior and friends can help counteract their children’s genetic predisposition to an alcohol use disorder, a new study indicates.
Alcohol is the leading substance abused by teenagers in the United States. About half of all seniors and juniors consume alcohol on a monthly basis, experts say. 14 percent of teens have been intoxicated at least once in the past year. According to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, underage drinkers account for 11.4 percent of all the alcohol consumed in the United States. Despite these statistics, underage drinking could be prevented, but without the help of others, some teens could be faced with destruction.
Boise police ticketed a 38-year-old woman on a misdemeanor “disorderly house” and contributing to the delinquency of a minor charges after breaking up a party in Columbia Village Saturday night where officers say dozens of teens were drinking alcohol
Drinking alcohol at a younger age can lead to drinking more and stronger alcohol, as well as a risk of developing an addiction.
Heavy drinking during pregnancy disrupts proper brain development in children and adolescents years after they were exposed to alcohol in the womb, according to a study supported by the National Institutes of Health. The study is the first to track children over several years to examine how heavy exposure to alcohol in utero affects brain growth over time.
New statistics on underage drinking are always sobering. The latest: the government's National Survey on Drug Use and Health says 9.7 million Americans 20 and younger consume alcohol.
Pocatello cracks down on Underage Drinking.
I’ve never been clear where the idea comes from that if you let your young child sip alcohol that he or she will learn how to be more responsible about booze later in life. This falls under the same category that if you go outside with wet hair you’ll catch a cold or if you go swimming less than an hour after eating you’ll get cramps. Yet, a lot of people think that letting kids sip alcohol will avoid a forbidden-fruit response, so they’ll learn how to drink properly — like European youth.
Teenagers' parents can make a difference in whether their kids drink, smoke or use marijuana, based on past research. But the parents of teens' friends play a part too.
It turns out that teenagers have been listening to the warnings about the dangers of drinking and driving. According to the Center for Disease Control, teenage drinking and driving is on a major decline, falling by 54% during the past 20 years.
Oct. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Drunk driving among U.S. teens fell 54 percent in the past two decades, a trend helped by laws to curb underage alcohol consumption and higher gas prices keeping high school students off the road, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Letting kids taste alcohol to deter future risky drinking behavior is commonplace (dailyRx News).
Boise police gave out 99 tickets while breaking up a massive party near the Boise State campus late Saturday, including 89 citations for underage drinking.
With students back to school for about a month, and tailgating and party season in full swing, this could be the perfect time to talk to your kids about the dangers of underage drinking. Here is some helpful advice on how to deal with the touchy subject.
Overall, about 5,000 kids die each year because of underage drinking.
Jaynie Brown, of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, sat in a pink blouse and matching pink apron flanked by perfectly coiffed blonde children, two on each side. Two beautiful, handmade pizzas sat at the end of the table as Brown delivered a message on why any meal eaten as a family, pristine or not, is better than nothing.
Teenagers can purchase alcohol on eBay, according to an investigation by the news show “20/20.”
A new study finds a link between mothers’ belief that it is acceptable to let their children sip alcohol, and their children’s reported alcohol use. The study found one-quarter of mothers of young children believed allowing children to sip an alcoholic drink would likely deter them from drinking in the future.
Unfortunately, many of us know about the immediate dangers associated with underage drinking — including alcohol poisoning, drowning, falling, assault and car crashes. But what we may not know is that kids who drink alcohol before age 21 are more likely to abuse alcohol later in life and become the next generation of drunk drivers. With more than 6,000 people killed each year in the U.S. as a result of underage drinking, this issue impacts all of us — young and old, parents and non-parents
For the first time since Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom opened four decades ago, thirsty tourists will soon be able to order a glass of wine or beer within park boundaries.
A growing number of states are instituting “social host” laws, which are designed to cut down on underage drinking, The Wall Street Journal reports. The laws impose criminal or civil penalties on hosts who permit underage drinking on their property. As of January, 28 states had adopted such laws, up from 18 in 2005. Hosts can be charged regardless of who supplies the alcohol, or whether anyone is hurt, the article notes.
Many magazines have large youth audiences. And a researcher says many alcohol ads in those magazines are violating industry standards.
The Office of Justice Programs' Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) today released the bulletin Effects and Consequences of Underage Drinking. It presents findings on the potential neurological damage, social and emotional consequences, health and safety risks and academic problems the underage drinker may experience.
A new study shows 57 percent of fatal car crashes involve a driver who tested positive for alcohol or drugs. Alcohol was the most common substance detected, followed by marijuana and stimulants, Reuters reports.
College freshman, relishing newfound freedom away from home, are at greatest risk of alcohol-related harm during their first few weeks of school, according to an expert at Penn State’s Prevention Research Center. “We see a spike then because anxiety is high, and the rigors of coursework haven’t yet taken hold,” Michael Cleveland told the Orlando Sentinel.
A new survey finds an estimated 17 percent of American high school students say they drink, smoke or use drugs during the school day. The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University found 86 percent of teens say they know which of their peers are abusing substances at school, CNN reports.
The Kamiah Community Partners Coalition introduces "SoHo", The Elephant in the Room
There’s a free program that’s designed to help parents begin the conversation and maintain an ongoing dialogue with their kids
The Century Council’s Ask Listen Learn: Kids and Alcohol Don’t Mix program provides youth, ages 9-14, and their parents with information about the dangers of underage drinking and the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.
Moscow police have seen a spike in underage drinking offenses this month over previous years with the fall college semester a little more than a week in.