“…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.
Educating kids on how not to take up the bottle may start with them putting down their phones.
Families and schools can take steps to stop the risky business of teen drinking. Teens are one of the groups most prone to binge drinking — a practice that can lead to alcohol-related blackouts.
Today, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) learned that drunk driving fatalities once again topped 10,000 in 2013. Announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), drunk driving fatalities decreased from 10,322 in 2012 to 10,076 in 2013. NHTSA also announced that overall traffic fatalities decreased from 33,561 in 2012 to 32,719 in 2013, with 31 percent of all fatalities resulting from a drunk driving crash measured from .08 BAC and above.
Despite decades of research, hundreds of campus task forces and millions invested in bold experiments, college drinking in the United States remains as much of a problem as ever.
People in Blaine County who host parties where underage drinking is occurring could soon be facing criminal prosecution.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today the Beer Institute released a white paper, Commitment to Responsibility, which outlines the broad efforts by brewers and beer importers to reduce drunk driving and underage drinking through paid advertisements, programs to work with parents and retailers, and alternative rides home.
There is always dissent over the drinking age, as those under 21 are insistent that they are being oppressed by an institution meant to keep them safe. Quite frankly, there is a reason young adults aren’t permitted to drink until 21: They aren’t mature enough to handle it. Alcohol is a huge responsibility and requires a certain level of control that just doesn’t exist in younger adults.
This is the third in a series of short essays on Somerset County’s efforts to help residents combat underage drinking and driving, and to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday safely.
The "drink responsibly" or "enjoy in moderation" messages tucked into liquor and beer ads may not resonate with their intended audience.
11/19/2014 - BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. -- When I was a child, my grandfather picked me up from school every day and would always ask me the same thing, "What did you learn today?" and no matter what my response was to his question, it would always trigger the same comeback from him, "Think, think, think!"
We all know America loves to drink. But in all our time spent writing about drinking, actually drinking, and occasionally doing both at the same time, a question emerged amongst Thrillist's editorial staff: which state loves to drink more than any other? Naturally, we had to find out, and just like that: the search for the booziest state in the USA was born.
For the parents and caring adults in the Wood River Valley, the time is now to stand up and say no to the all-too-common practice of adults hosting parties that allow underage drinking. National, state and local surveys of middle school and high school students state that there are two main ways youths access alcohol—they purchase it from retail outlets that don’t do a great job of checking identification, or at house parties. The Blaine County Community Drug Coalition works with local law enforcement to conduct compliance checks to hold establishments accountable for the sale of alcohol to minors. This has been a successful operation for the last four years, increasing compliance by retailers from 30-40 percent to 80-100 percent. The local retailers should be commended for significantly improving the rate of sales of alcohol to minors.
Now that Halloween is over and we’re coming down from our sugar highs, it’s time to face the upcoming winter holiday season that stretches from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day and beyond. Although this time is often filled with wonderful family moments—sharing a Thanksgiving meal, lighting Hanukah candles, or trimming the Christmas tree—it’s also (after the summer months) prime time for underage drinking.
College is often students’ first real taste of independence. They are living on their own, in charge of their own schedule, and making new friends. At the same time, they are focused on building a strong academic foundation that will help them to secure a career upon graduating. The pressure to succeed coupled with the desire to be social can be immense. Finding a balance is necessary for maintaining good health.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana freshman basketball player Emmitt Holt was cited Saturday for misdemeanor underage drinking after he struck teammate Devin Davis with his SUV, leaving Davis hospitalized with a serious head injury.
Teenagers are less likely to drink at parties when they live in communities with particularly strong social host laws, finds a US-based study. Many US states and local communities have passed social host laws, which hold adults responsible when teenagers are drinking at their property. (Read: Think before you drink — alcohol kills six people every minute!)
SALT LAKE CITY — When Rep. Jack Draxler, a host of Thursday's daylong Alcohol Policy Summit at the state Capitol, attended a similar gathering two years ago, he was stunned to hear statistics about binge drinking in Utah.
LEWISTON, ID - 2.9% of all college students said they have driven after having five or more drinks.
HUNDREDS of children under 10 have been treated for alcohol-related injuries or illness in Scotland in the last three years, new figures show.
At least eight U.S. college freshmen have died so far this semester, many of them in alcohol-related incidents, according to Times Higher Education. Colleges are encouraging freshmen and their parents to talk about alcohol and drugs even before they arrive on campus.
Halloween is scary enough without the added terror of impaired drivers on the road. Every year while children are trick-or-treating, others are drinking and driving. Halloween parties often involve alcohol, making it a particularly deadly night due to the number of impaired drivers on the roads.
Take a step into any high school the first day back from summer break and you’ll hear the same thing — talk about all the hot summer parties.
Have you ever wondered about the impact of media on the way our children perceive alcohol and other drugs? Are you aware of the relationship between what we expect to happen and how we ultimately behave? Are you looking for a fun and scientifically proven tool to help prevent your children or the children you work with from engaging in underage drinking? Join us and particpate in the Alcohol Literacy Challenge.
Starting to drink at an early age can increase the risk of alcohol abuse in teens, according to a new study. The shorter the time between a teen’s first drink and the first time they get drunk, the greater their risk of later alcohol abuse.
Dan Dusenberry, a cashier at Brown Derby for five years, can tell if a driver's license is the real thing just by rubbing his fingers over it: fake IDs are often thinner.
Michael Kaas is a young man who recently posted a petition on Change.org in protest of local police enforcing laws regarding underage drinking. He complains that arresting Georgia Southern students is ruining their lives.
National news is full of headlines about alcohol related problems on college campuses. According to Maureen Baker, Northeast Community College’s Director of Student Conduct, “Colleges and universities have a real problem overall with binge drinking and underage drinking on campuses. We know that over 1800 students die from those behaviors and over 600,000 are injured related to drinking behaviors.” Baker thinks Northeast falls within national statistics and says, “On our campus it is the number one code of conduct violation.” Northeast Community College does their best at preventing binge drinking. Administrators have instituted activities like Monday Night At The Movies and Wacky Wednesday. These activities are late at night so that afterwards, students are too tired to go out and party.
Colleges are looking for new ways to reduce binge drinking, as part of initiatives to reduce campus sexual assaults, NPR reports.
MERIDIAN - Idaho State Police Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) conducted alcohol age compliance checks on Thursday and Friday nights in Canyon and Payette counties.
There's no question that alcohol is a factor in the majority of sexual assaults on campus. And alcohol is abundant and very present at most colleges today.
Ada County Sheriff's OfficeJennifer Phippen, 37, put an IV into a 14-year-old girl with alcohol poisoning at a party instead of calling 911, police said.
Now that the school year is starting, students are again afforded the opportunity to watch their boys on The Blue make big plays.
In Brief Data collected from 94,200 persons aged 12 to 20 over the period 2010 through 2012 show that underage binge alcohol use rates vary extensively among regions within each state and throughout the nation.
Smoking alcohol is a dangerous practice for any one and may be even more risky for young people. An impressive body of medical research has established that the adolescent brain is not yet fully developed and is especially vulnerable to the effects of drugs and alcohol.
EAST LANSING, MI (WLNS) - The recent death of a Michigan State University student is raising awareness about underage drinking as students come back to East Lansing for move-in weekend. East Lansing police say 19-year-old Jayai Dai was found dead in an East Lansing apartment Saturday morning. They say alcohol was most likely a factor in her death 6 News Christa Lamendola talked to local police and university staff about the dangers of underage drinking and how students can prevent tragedies due to alcohol. Drinking, it's a culture for many students at MSU.
Our youth are being educated by their peers and the Internet on the topic of social media every day. Parents are giving their kids devices which enable predators to contact them 24 hours a day in their own homes and at school. What education do we have on the dangers of social media?
Millions of young men and women are either returning to college or leaving home for the first time to continue their education. For some of those students, being out from under adult supervision means one long party that certainly includes alcohol.
Just like so many other topics, finding the right way to talk with your teen about drunk driving can be uncomfortable and difficult. Parents are the key to keeping teen drivers safe, so make sure you are open with your children and let them know you are always available to answer their questions. Use these helpful topics to learn how to talk to your teenager about drunk driving, and get the conversation started.
The teenage years are a unique time. Teens spend a lot of energy defining their identities, their peer relationships and their social roles, and they learn skills like planning for the future and understanding consequences. Not surprisingly, this is also a time when teens push limits and take risks.
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Campus security and local law enforcement officers aren’t eager to issue citations to students for alcohol violations, refer such students to the campus health center or even tell their parents, according to a survey of directors of campus police and security at 343 colleges in the U.S.
A pilot program that uses fingernail drug and alcohol testing is helping to spot drivers who have been convicted of driving while intoxicated who are continuing to drink or use drugs. Fingernail testing captures a person’s history of drug and alcohol use for the past three to six months.
Underage drinking is a big problem in the U.S.
(EEW Magazine) Underage drinking is an American epidemic. Statistics show that nearly three quarters of students (72%) have consumed alcohol by the end of high school.
Receiving text messages about binge drinking after visiting the emergency room can help young adults reduce their hazardous alcohol consumption by more than 50 percent, a new study suggests.
SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services) has a new campaign out for parents with an interactive "how to talk to your teens about alcohol" program.
Underage drinkers between the ages of 18 and 20 see more magazine advertising than any other age group for the alcohol brands they consume most heavily, raising important questions about whether current alcohol self-regulatory codes concerning advertising are sufficiently protecting young people.
Adults drink alcoholic beverages more frequently than young people, but when kids do drink they tend to drink a lot. Binge drinking in teens is becoming epidemic, as more young people use alcohol than illegal drugs or tobacco, and what and where they drink may be surprising to adults.
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Tyler woke up on the 4th of July excited to spend the day celebrating the holiday; however, his day of celebration would instead come to a tragic end. After spending the afternoon celebrating and drinking with friends and family, he climbed into the passenger seat of his friend Joseph’s Jeep. As the two friends traveled on an un-named, off-highway dirt trail in the vicinity of US-95, Joseph attempted to navigate the jeep up a dirt hill to access the US-95. However, the vehicle lost traction, and rolled to its left and down a dirt embankment. Tyler was immediately thrown from the vehicle and sustained fatal injuries in the crash. Joseph was subsequently arrested at the scene and later charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and manslaughter.
A new study by Boston University and Johns Hopkins University researchers shows which brands underage drinkers use when binge drinking.
Mother says 16-year-old daughter died from energy drink heart attack.
Let's face it: Talking to your teens about drinking, regardless of their age, can be difficult and awkward. We want you to know that this conversation doesn't have to be impossible, weird or fraught with tension. Chances are you're probably already finding some ways to relate to your kids, which is great. Now is the time to prepare yourself for this conversation and use this trust to open up a dialogue about alcohol.
Alcohol The consequences of excessive and underage drinking affect virtually all college campuses, college communities, and college students, whether they choose to drink or not.
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho - The Bonneville County Sheriff's office arrested an Idaho Falls man it said provided alcohol to teenagers involved in a deadly traffic crash.
Friends of a Skyline High School student who died in a car crash last week are coming together to help the family with funeral expenses.
A new study from Safe Kids Worldwide, made possible by a grant from the General Motors Foundation, surveyed 1,000 teens to learn why more teens die in motor vehicle crashes than from any other cause of death. The report highlights why teens don’t always buckle up, explores their texting and distraction habits, and examines what teens do when they feel unsafe.
Like most public health challenges, alcohol use and alcohol-related consequences affect everyone. But in a society where drinking is often associated with family gatherings, sports events and celebrations, it's easy to think "it's not my problem" or "they're not my kids" or "they're just having fun."
Are you concerned about your own drug or alcohol use? Deciding whether you have a problem can be challenging. You may or may not need rehabilitation treatment or “rehab.” Here are 5 ways to help evaluate where you are and figure out what steps you can take toward a healthier future.
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho - The Bonneville Youth Development Council hosted a parental drug education program Monday night at the Compass Academy in Idaho Falls.
(dailyRx News) Many people drink alcohol in social settings, both for fun or as a way to unwind after a hard day. But the reality of alcohol consumption across the globe can make "happy hour" seem not so happy.
During spring time, end of the school year, graduations and celebrations, we face a challenge in keeping our kids safe and healthy. There are many pressures drawing youth to unhealthy behaviors with drugs, alcohol and cigarettes. The Safe Homes Smart Parties® campaign addresses these pressures and helps adults to be aware and set firm guidelines surrounding acceptable choices and behaviors, especially during this time when socializing peaks.
For many teens past and present, a high-school prom is a significant milestone celebrated with dinner, dancing and, according to the latest poll results from Pemco Insurance, underage drinking.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is searching for outstanding teens to lead youth across the nation to take a stand against underage drinking as part of the 2014-2015 MADD Power of You(th) National Teen Influencer Group. Ten teenagers will be selected to work closely with MADD National staff to shape and create initiatives to empower teens to not drink before 21 or ride in a car with someone who has been drinking. These youngsters will have the opportunity to develop new skills, positively influence teens across the nation, and help save lives! If you know an outstanding teenager who would like to participate this year, please have them fill out this application.
LEWISTON - Idaho State Police Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC), with the assistance of the Moscow and Lewiston Police Departments, conducted alcohol age compliance checks on Friday and Saturday nights on seventy-four businesses licensed to sell alcoholic beverages in Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce, Clearwater and Idaho counties.
Apply to be on the Teen Advisory Council The Idaho Meth Project is currently seeking eligible teen applicants to join the 2014-15 Teen Advisory Council. Idaho teens entering grades 9-12 in fall of 2014 at any public, private, or home school across the state are eligible to apply. Meet new people, receive valuable training, and have fun while making a difference!
COEUR d'ALENE - A party involving more than 250 people was busted Friday night, leading to several arrests and citations as well as the seizure of alcohol and controlled substances.
Young people who get a strong message from their parents that any underage drinking is totally unacceptable are far less likely to drink before they're 21 than kids who don't get such a clear message, MADD says.
BOISE – Marijuana, it's now popping up in a different form and in high schools across the country, including Idaho. It’s happening with marijuana in e-cigarettes.
WHAT IS THE IDAHO YOUTH SUMMIT? A 4-day conference for teens. Attendees participate in interactive workshops, are inspired by motivational speakers, and participate in a variety of engaging and inspiring teen-led activities in a summer camp atmosphere.
SAMHSA's underage drinking prevention PSA campaign helps parents and caregivers start talking to their children early—as early as nine years old—about the dangers of alcohol.
London (CNN) -- "Thanks for the nomination Luke," jokes a young man in a YouTube clip pouring what he says is a new, unopened bottle of Sambuca spirits into a pint glass along with another, unidentified drink. As the liquids mix, he observes: "And that is congealing nicely ... whew ... okay," before knocking back the potion.
BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) -- Boise PD went undercover this weekend for some alcohol compliance checks.
PITTSBURGH—Most teenagers who drink alcohol do so with their friends in social settings, but a new study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh reveals that a significant number of adolescents consume alcohol while they are alone.
The chairman of the Blaine County School District board of trustees resigned Monday amid allegations that minors consumed alcohol at his house during a New Year’s Eve celebration the night of Dec. 31, 2013.
Drivers with blood alcohol levels well under the legal limit are more likely to be at fault for accidents, compared with the non-drinking drivers they hit, according to a new study.
Middle and high school students who drink alcohol are often the same ones winning the popularity contests, new research suggests.
In twenty-five of the largest television markets in the U.S., almost 1 in 4 alcohol advertisements on a sample of national TV programs most popular with youth exceeded the alcohol industry’s voluntary standards, according to researchers from the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
CREATED Dec. 20, 2013 Boise Police conducted an alcohol compliance check across Boise on Wednesday, December 18th and found that 10% of the businesses during the check failed in making sure alcohol regulations were in check.
College years are known to be filled with coffee, cheap food and all-nighters. Is there another side of college that doesn’t involve finals and study sessions? Yes, there is a whole world of frat parties and beer pong that is associated with higher education.
Busy holidays aren’t exactly a convenient time for having a serious conversation with your teen about underage drinking. Some parents might think that battling underage drinking is a futile effort, but studies show that parents who adopt a zero tolerance for underage drinking were the top reason that teens don’t drink.
Jermaine Galloway with "High in Plain Sight" spoke to parents and school officials on Nov. 21 in the Show Low Schools Auditorium informing them of hidden drug-related messages they may or may not be aware of that is part of clothing and some products on the market targeting younger consumers who may or may not what they mean. Galloway said his goal was to increase awareness among school officials and parents to try and keep kids away from drugs.
Cooking wine isn't meant for consumption, but more and more teens are buying bottles of it to get drunk.
Who doesn't love the holidays? While there is a lot of stress, the festivities can make up for it, especially if you are a teenager. The excitement of the build-up from Halloween to New Year's Eve, and all the events in between, lends itself to merriment and social occasions that add to the cheer of the season.
Underage drinking is a huge social issue these days. It affects everyone, regardless of age, race, religion or age. We are all affected in some way. Whether it’s our child, niece, or nephew drinking, or if it’s our child, niece, nephew or even grandmother hit by a teenager driving drunk.
IDAHO FALLS — A Sunnyside Travel Plaza employee was cited for selling alcohol to a minor, according to police.
Parents, it's time for a pop quiz:
BOISE – A new drug is causing more and more problems not only in Idaho, but across the nation.
Teenage boys concerned with their body image are at increased risk of using drugs and alcohol, according to researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health.
BOISE -- Police say two 16-year-olds overdosed on a dangerous, relatively-new synthetic drug over the weekend.
DE SOTO, KAN. ----- A teenage girl is at a small get together with some friends from school. Alcohol is being consumed. Incapacitated, she is allegedly raped by four boys. The incident is documented with photos, which are then passed around. The victim is blamed, bullied, harassed, and ultimately hangs herself.
There's underaged drinking, a growing problem in the U.S., and new studies shows the long term effects are more dangerous than once thought. This week is National College Alcohol Awareness Week....
That was a headline for a life feature that appeared in the upper right corner of a daily newspaper. I quickly turned the inside pages to read the full story. Indeed the writer narrates how he took his first sip at three. Astonishing, isn't it?
BOISE, Idaho — Idaho's drug czar has launched a new campaign focused on the abuse and myths of prescription drug abuse.
To legally buy and drink alcohol, a person must meet a minimum age requirement set by each state. Such laws aim to protect those who are underage from the damage done by drinking alcohol.
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You're at a local high school football game and notice that teens sitting near you in the bleachers are visibly intoxicated. The youth talk and laugh loudly and clumsily, clearly annoying the fans around, and the odor of alcohol is conspicuous.
Sep. 24, 2013 — A survey conducted by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) shows that a majority of those underage students in Ontario, Canada who smoke or drink are getting cigarettes and alcohol from a friend or family member.
A video produced by JoLyn Studios showcasing local Kamiah families talking about the environmental changes KCPC has advocated for to reduce youth substance use.
Boise police issued dozens of citations for underage drinking and other offenses this past Saturday after responding to neighbors' complaints about "party houses."