Tag: Safety

Pregnant Women and Drinking Advice: Very Confusing

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Advice about pregnant women and drinking is very confusing. But there are several important points to help guide themt. Conflicting Advice The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) issues health guidelines in the UK. It concludes that it is safe for pregnant women to have a small drink of alcohol each day. Two …

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Parents Giving Alcoholic Drinks May Reduce Drinking Problems

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Parents giving alcoholic drinks to their adolescents? Is this a good idea? Research suggests it is. Some young people get their first drink from friends or others. Others get it from their parents. The latter group has fewer later alcohol-related problems. That includes heavy episodic drinking or “bingeing.” That shouldn’t be surprising. It’s the typical …

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Prevent Alcohol Poisoning Deaths (Here’s How to Do It!)

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About a half-dozen young people die every year in the U.S. of alcohol poisoning. That’s according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These tragic deaths are completely preventable. You can help prevent alcohol poisoning. Following the alcohol poisoning death of Samantha Spady, her parents established the Sam Spady Foundation. It’s to …

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Harm Reduction for Drinking Alcohol (Facts and Information)

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Harm Reduction is often misunderstood. It reduces the harmful effects of any targeted behavior. This discussion focuses on harm reduction for drinking by young people. But the general principles also apply to other behaviors. These behaviors might be driving, gambling, engaging in sex, losing weight, and so on.          For example, we …

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Drinking Learner Permits for Adults Under Age 21

Drinking learner permits? The proposal to issue drinking learner permits to adults under the age of 21 in an innovative one. It uses the same logic as issuing driving learner permits.                           Overview I.   Drinking Learner Permits. II.  A Learner’s Permit for …

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Alcohol Medical Emergency Amnesty: Colleges and Universities

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Alcohol medical emergency amnesty policies at colleges and universities are to save lives. They give a higher priority to protecting students’ safety and lives than to enforcing alcohol rules. Alcohol Medical Emergency Amnesty Hundreds of colleges and universities have medical alcohol emergency amnesty policies. Clemson University began such a policy after a major tragedy. The …

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College Alcohol Amnesty Policies (“Good Samaritan” Policies)

College alcohol amnesty policies for students are becoming wide-spread. They help protect the health and safety of students. In addition, they help protect colleges from expensive legal suits.                Overview I.   What is College Alcohol Amnesty? II.  Harm Reduction III. Legal Risk IV.  Short List V.   Reading …

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Alcohol Emergency Immunity (Good Samaritan Law)

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The state of Pennsylvania has an alcohol emergency immunity law (Good Samaritan law). It wisely did so to protect the life and health of young people. Alcohol Emergency Immunity The Law The law provides 1. Immunity from prosecution for a person under the age of 21. It is for the possession or consumption of alcoholic …

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Alcohol Amnesty Policies (Medical Amnesty) Save Lives.

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College Emergency Alcohol Amnesty Policies College policies for medical emergency alcohol amnesty are widespread. They place protecting the health and safety of students as a college’s very highest priority. As it should be. These policies have one primary goal. It’s to protect the health and lives of students who over-drink and need medical help. It …

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