As an ever-increasing number of intoxicants continue to make inroads into communities throughout Alabama, authorities are cautioning parents about the dangers of new designer drugs in combination with underage drinking. A recent incident illustrates the dangers of consuming these substances: A freshman student at the University of South Alabama was shot and killed by police on Oct. 6 after he violently spiraled out of control. The young man had been at college for just six weeks when the incident occurred.
Clothing and accessories retailer, Urban Outfitters, has recently come under fire for selling t-shirts that many claim promote underage drinking and sexual irresponsibility. The shirts feature such slogans as "I Vote for Vodka" and "I Drink You're Cute." A representative from MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) has called the shirts unacceptable. Underage drinking can lead to a host of larger problems, not the least of which is underage drinking and driving.
According to a Yale University School of Medicine study, the age at which a person has his or her first drink, combined with how quickly one's first drink escalates to one's first intoxication, correlates with certain behaviors later in life. Campaigns aimed at reducing the potential for underage drinking, scientists say, may be critical in reducing associated ills such as alcohol-related arrests for drunk driving, poor academic performance and unwanted pregnancies. Cutting down on drunk driving before arrests happen is a good strategy.
If one were planning to commit a crime and get away with it, the last thing he would want to do is announce online the time and place the crime was set to occur. This is exactly what a 24-year-old Alabama man did via the ubiquitous social media website, Facebook. It resulted in the man's arrest.
A nationwide study shows that placing conditions on teenage drivers reduces the number of teenagers who drive drunk.
The Auburn, Alabama, community is working together to make sure graduation night is a safe one.
This prom season, officials at a high school in Huntsville, Alabama, decided to do what they could to stem underage drinking. But some might argue that the school, parents and police are overreacting.