Alcohol Abuse Reduction Tips

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Alcohol is the most used drug in our country today and the #1 drug problem of teenagers and children.
75 percent of all car and motorcycle accidental deaths are teens and young adults. Half of them are alcohol-related.

Billions of dollars are spent on insurance costs, medical expenses and property damage as a result of driving drunk.

Drunk drivers are not just alcoholics; they can be occasional, social, and 1st time drinkers.

Alcohol enters the blood stream within 20 to 30 minutes of consumption and can only be eliminated at .015 per hour through breath, sweat and your liver. Once absorbed nothing (coffee, cold showers, etc) will reduce the effects.

Here’s the law about minors and alcohol:

If you are under 21, it means no alcohol- an attempt to buy it, none in your possession, none if you are driving.  If you’re a minor (under 21) here’s what happens the first time you are found in possession of alcohol: Any amount of beer, wine, or liquor (any detectable amount) can trigger these penalties:

  • Up to a $ 500 fine
  • 30-day driver’s license suspension
  • 8 to 12 hours of community service

Mandatory alcohol-awareness classes (see State Web site to locate providers) tcada.state.tx.us/education/index.shtml

A second or third offense can lead to suspension of your driver’s license for 60 to 180 days. If you’re 17 or older, you also can be fined as much as $2000 and go to jail for up to 180 days for a third offense.

Here’s the law about underage drinking and driving:
I you are under 21, it is illegal for you to drive with any detectable amount of alcohol in your system. If you’re under 21, here’s what happens the first time you are stopped for drinking and driving:
  • Up to a $500 fine
  • 60-day driver’s license suspension
  • 20 to 40 hours of community service
Mandatory alcohol-awareness classes (see State website to locate providers) tcada.state.tx.us/education/index.shtml

If you’re 17 or over, here’s what happens if you’re stopped for drinking and driving with a blood or breath alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or greater:
  • Up to a $ 2000 fine
  • Three to 180 days in jail
  • Driver’s license suspension for 90 days to a year

Get caught drinking and driving a second or third time, and the penalties increase.
Zero tolerance means zero alcohol that’s the Law in Texas

Providing Alcohol to Minors:

  • Furnishing alcohol to someone under 21 can lead to a $2000 fine and 180 days in jail.
  • Selling alcohol to a minor can bring a $4000 fine and a year in jail.

A parent, legal guardian or spouse can provide alcohol to their child or spouse as long as they are present when the minor possesses or consumes it.