Is Australia’s “Drinking. Do It Properly.” Campaign Really Proper?

Australia is known for unique public education campaigns to reduce drink driving and alcohol abuse. Victoria Province’s Transport Accident Commission is famous for its emotionally-charged commercials that show graphic depictions of crashes. Its 20-year anniversary video has been viewed nearly 16 million times on YouTube alone. But a new social media campaign from Australia’s DrinkWise […]

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NekNominate goes viral on social media

Drinking Game #NekNominate Goes Viral on Social Media

From reading updates from friends and family to watching cute cat videos, Americans spend on average over 3 hours a day on social media. And that’s why a dangerous new meme is causing such a stir. The drinking game “NekNominate” is sweeping Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and other social media outlets throughout Australia, the U.K., and […]

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The impacts of college drinking

Infographic: How Much Do College Students Drink?

As college students around the country settle in for the spring semester, a new infographic from 12Keys provides an interesting picture of the role alcohol plays on campus. Big Drinking on Campus In 2012, an estimated 21.6 million students enrolled in fall classes and 80% of them had an alcoholic drink at some point. Of […]

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Alcohol Monitoring Grants Available for Veterans Treatment Courts

Alcohol misuse and abuse pose significant risks for U.S. Military Veterans and are often central issues for Veterans who become involved in the criminal justice system. Over 80% of justice-involved Veterans had a substance abuse issue prior to incarceration, and many Veterans report alcohol as their substance of choice. Continuous Alcohol Monitoring (CAM) is a proven […]

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Funding for Public Safety & Victim Services in Tribal Communities

The U.S. Department of Justice is accepting applications for funding to improve public safety and victim services in Tribal communities. Federally-recognized Tribes and Tribal consortia may apply for funds to develop a comprehensive and coordinated approach to public safety and victimization issues. DOJ’s existing Tribal government-specific programs are included in, and available through, this single […]

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Federal Funding Opportunity for Drug Courts

The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance, is accepting applications for the competitive 2014 Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program. Grants are intended to establish or enhance drug court services, coordination, offender management, and recovery support services. The funds will provide resources to state, local, and tribal governments and […]

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RAND Study Looks at Military Contractors and Alcohol Misuse

For a significant number of veterans, alcohol misuse is one legacy of their military service. In 2006, 1.8 million veterans of any age met the criteria for having a substance abuse disorder. And in 2010, the VA saw 362,737 veterans who had been diagnosed for an alcohol abuse problem. But a new study from the […]

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MN court to hear necessary drunk driving case

Minnesota Supreme Court to Look at “Necessary Drunk Driving” Defense

A Minnesota woman is appealing her 2011 careless driving charge to that state’s Supreme Court on the basis that driving drunk was her only option to flee from domestic violence. Jennifer and Jason Axelberg were drinking with friends at a rural resort when they began to argue. The argument escalated when they returned to their […]

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Ethan Couch uses affluenza defense to excuse drunk driving

“Too Rich” Defense? Teen Blames “Affluenza” for Drunk Driving

Last week a Texas judge handed down what many see as a light sentence to a teen who was behind the wheel in a deadly drunk driving crash. The boy’s defense: He is too rich to know right from wrong. Sixteen-year-old Ethan Couch was driving nearly twice the speed limit with a BAC three times […]

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hungover driving

“Morning After” and Hungover Driving is Still Impaired Driving

Think “sleeping it off” makes you safe to drive after a night of drinking? Think again. In the U.K., new statistics show that “morning after” drunk drivers account for 10% of all drunk-driving arrests. The drivers were pulled over between 6 and 8 a.m., still intoxicated hours after their last drink. People assume a few […]

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Thanksgiving Eve sees climb in drinking and drunk driving

Blackout Wednesday lives up to its name: Binge drinking and drunk driving spike on Thanksgiving Eve

Looking forward to scoring mega deals on Black Friday? You have to make it through Blackout Wednesday first. In many parts of the country, Thanksgiving Eve has become the biggest drinking night of the year, earning it the nickname “Blackout Wednesday.” A “Perfect Storm” for Excessive Drinking A number of factors contribute to this rise […]

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Holiday drinking & DUIs

Infographic: Change the Trend on Holiday Drinking & DUIs

A fatal collision following a Thanksgiving party. A teen starts the new year in a wheelchair because of an alcohol-related crash. A repeat drunk driver kills three on Christmas Day. This time of year brings celebrations, time with family, joy, and peace. Unfortunately, a dramatic increase in DUI offenses and alcohol-related highway deaths has also […]

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Veterans Courts Give Hope and Sobriety to Those Who Served

When veteran Robert Wiese got arrested for a DUI after his “welcome home” celebration, he was embarrassed and ashamed. “Instead of using good judgment and using the ride I’d already established, I chose to drive, which was a poor decision.” Robert’s drunk driving offense was handled by the Yellowstone County Veterans Treatment Court in Montana. Based on […]

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