Underage Drinking

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The Brent Shapiro Foundation

April 9, 2016

While binge watching American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson today,  I was so mezmerized with John Travolta’s characterization of Robert Shapiro, I wanted to find out more about the attorney in real life, and after googling for more info found an interesting factoid that fits in with TDA here. Most people over 40 know Shapiro was the […]

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Sharing – What’s It Like To Overdose On Alcohol?

January 28, 2016

Most recovery programs involve the act of sharing your story, whether it be one on one with a professional, in groups held by various recovery groups, or rehab.  Sharing allows individuals to talk about what happened, how they got there, and where they are at now in their recovery as well as any problems they […]

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The Ultimate Party Host Challenge

December 8, 2015

Great article from The Cut about how to entertain party guests without alcohol – just in time for all the holiday parties in season for the next few weeks. From The Ultimate Hostess Challenge: Entertaining People Who Don’t Drink, By Jamie Lauren Keiles :   We non-drinkers are legion, and we come from all walks […]

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TDA Halloween Challenge

October 31, 2015

This creepy 35 second Hanna Barbera anti-drug PSA has the best catchphrase ever at the end. Happy Halloween!!!

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Secondhand Alcohol Harm

August 31, 2015

I often see PSA’s on the damage caused by alcohol to the user; this one is about its effect on others. IAS – Alcohol’s Harm to Others from The Institute of Alcohol Studies on Vimeo. The numbers here in America are much larger. Our friend Lisa, over at Breaking The Cycles has a great post […]

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The Discovering Palcoholic

May 25, 2015

  Powdered Alcohol has been approved for human consumption by the government and is expected to go on sale this summer.  Many states have already sought to ban its sale due to safety concerns of misuse by underage drinkers as addressed in the above video. Palcohol, the leading manufacturer of the new way to get […]

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Fear of Flying High

July 20, 2010

I grew up hearing the horror stories of heroin and PCP. Let’s face it; most kids aren’t turned on by the thought of anything that involves a hypodermic needle. And PCP, well too many cop shows had already made sure that I wasn’t interested in base jumping without a parachute. Alcohol on the other hand, was a whole different story. Take Bluto, in a “college” sweatshirt draining a bottle of Jack Daniels in Animal House or crushing a beer can on his forehead, now that was just plain cool.

This acceptance of the dangers of alcohol when compared to “hard” drugs is analogous to the fear of flying. The odds of being killed in the air are 1 in 11 million, but the chance of being killed in an automobile accident is a very probable 1 out of every 5000. Now I consider both equally dangerous, but our society’s acceptance of alcohol as a benign substance in moderation as compared to the taboo reputation of drugs is just plain illogical.

I grew up in the small town South, where alcohol was considered a rite of passage and drugs were big city evils. Of course once I got into my teens marijuana became just as accepted as drinking, but the hard drugs were still “scary”. Even after I was an accomplished alcoholic and prescription drug abuser I still had an aversion to cocaine and heroin. Sure I sampled almost everything being drunk enough that I had lost my fears and inhibitions, but never once did I try intravenous injections.

My fear of flying high didn’t save me though; my alcoholism took me to that same rock bottom destination.

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Important Resource: Brain Development and Underage Drinking

April 22, 2010

Thank you author and speaker Lisa Frederiksen of Breaking the Cycles for this regular series sharing her decades long experience of dealing with family alcoholism and alcohol abuse. Click here to see the rest of the series. For anyone working to reduce underage drinking, one of the keys to helping coalitions, parents, and young people […]

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Grolsch in the Machine

April 16, 2010

Growing up I guess I looked and for the most part acted like any normal little boy if such a thing actually exists. I played sports and ran amok with gang of wild but benign fellow latchkey kids. Sure there were things in my childhood that almost certainly had a role in shaping my future […]

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Supervised Teen Drinking is just Early Training for Alcohol Abuse

January 29, 2010

A recent study suggests that parents who allow supervised drinking in the home to teach their children responsible habits may be just giving them an early training course in alcohol abuse. The researchers found that, in general, the more teens drank at home, the more they tended to drink elsewhere; the reverse was also true, […]

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Which Video Makes the Bigger Impact?

January 17, 2010

A TDA hat tip to Lisa over at Breaking the Cycles for discovering this link to It’s No Joke TV, a UK initiative that uses humor to warn teenagers of the dangers of alcohol. It was there I saw a PSA by Bill Bailey that was really quite good, I’ve embedded the video below so […]

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Straight from Swaddling to Swilling

December 18, 2009

What do you call a drunk, cross dressing, Christmas present thief that is harassing the neighbors? If you were in Chattanooga,Tennessee this week (I was)- the appropriate response would be “a four-year old”. Ouch! At 1:45 a.m. Tuesday morning, most people were asleep in Hayden Wright’s neighborhood. But 4-year-old Hayden Wright wasn’t sleeping. He was […]

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TDA Stupid Drunk Tricks: DUI Busted Wearing Breathalyzer Costume

November 14, 2009

I’m spending my Saturday night packing up for a week of work in Palm Springs; yeah, yeah I know. poor, poor pitiful me! Like a boy scout (albeit one rode hard and put up wet) though, I had saved this post for just such a busy evening since it was already dated by the time […]

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Adding It Up: FDA Favors Prohibition

November 13, 2009

If you take this news story: KFOX uncovered new details about a three-car crash that killed four people in far east El Paso early Thursday morning, including why police believe Michael Fraley, 21, was driving drunk when the crash occurred. ~ KFOXTV.com And then consider this recent news as reported by the Wall Street Journal: […]

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You Think Handcuffs Are Going to Stop This?

November 4, 2009

Stacy Goodwin is the Ohio mother shown in the video attacking Lori Osterland who was in court to face charges that she was complicit in the death of Goodwin’s daughter, 20 year-old Carri Goodwin. Alliance, Ohio, police say the Goodwin sisters and Osterland were out drinking. They believe 20-year-old Carri passed out in a car […]

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