March 2014 Newsletter
COALITION NEWS and UPDATES
Ready to Take Action?
Join TST for Upcoming Learning Opportunities
Cultural Competence - Interactive 3-part Webinar Series
Last Chance - Register Now!
Coalition and organization leaders are invited to join Geronimo Rodriguez, Vice President of Diversity and Community Outreach for Seton Healthcare Family, for this three-part series. By the end of the series, you will have concrete action steps to move your organization forward! View the invitation and register now.
* Part One: September 10, 2014, 2-3:30pm CST
* Part Two: November 13, 2014, 2-3:30pm CST
* Part Three: January 21, 2015, 2-3:30pm CST
Community Regional Forums
Join us at our upcoming day-long Forums focused on preventing underage alcohol use in Texas. Learn how we can work together to implement proven prevention strategies recommended by the CDC, World Health Organization, and the U.S. Surgeon General. You do not need to live in the community to attend the forum. View details and register now.
* September 12, 8am-4pm CST, in Granbury
* October 9, 8am-4pm CST, in Baytown
If you are interested in hosting a training or forum in your area, please email TST.
TST Seeking College Leaders
Do you know college students who want to be part of the solution? If so, tell them about the TST statewide Youth Leadership Council, which is now accepting applications!
What is the Youth Leadership Council (YLC)?
The YLC is an incredible opportunity for young people ages 16-20 who are committed to preventing alcohol, tobacco, other drug use. YLC members work directly with TST staff and our partners on prevention efforts statewide and in their communities.
How do youth apply?
Youth apply by completing this application. Applications are due October 3rd.
College Students at Higher Risk than Non-Students the Same Age for Alcohol-Related Problems
The college years are a time of new experiences, new friendships, and making memories that will last a lifetime. Unfortunately, for many college students, those memories will include negative consequences resulting from underage and excessive alcohol use.
The age period from 19 to 24 is associated with the highest prevalence of periodic heavy alcohol consumption, and it is more prevalent among college students than peers the same age who do not attend college. The 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health indicates that 40.1% of full-time college students reported binge drinking in the past 30 days, compared to 35% of part-time college students or those not enrolled in college. The 2013 Texas Survey of Substance Use Among College Students (TSCS) indicates that 43% of males binge drank in the past 30 days, and 38% of females had done so.
The 2013 TSCS also reports that 25% of Texas college students report driving after drinking at least once per month, and 21% of college students indicated they had ridden in a car driven by someone who was high or drunk. Other consequences include higher absence and poor grades, unprotected and/or unwanted sexual activity, higher rates of assault, and higher rates of suicide.
Is this what parents have in mind when they send their kids to college? Texans Standing Tall believes students should have a positive college experience, and we are confident that parents and campus administrators believe the same. It is up to all of us to create a healthy campus community that encourages abstaining from alcohol for those under 21 and responsible alcohol use for those 21 and older.
To learn more about how you can create safer, healthier communities for Texas college students, contact TST.
Follow Up: No Alcohol Sales at UT Football Games this Fall
In the March 2014 issue of The Compass, we informed you that The University of Texas at Austin had begun selling beer and wine at UT sporting events. We heard from many of you that you were concerned about the negative impact this would have on attendees at these events. Here's the latest news on that topic:
In July the Chancellor of the University of Texas System, Francisco Cigarroa, indicated he would not allow UT Austin to sell beer and wine at Royal-Memorial Stadium during football games this fall. UT began serving beer and wine last spring during baseball, track and field, and basketball games.
Royal-Memorial Stadium holds 100,000 fans. Cigarroa expressed that he wants to gather data for a full year of sales at other UT sporting events and be sure that there will not be adverse incidents resulting from these alcohol sales.
Thank you, Chancellor Cigarroa. We encourage supporters to email the Chancellor to express thanks for this decision and inform him of why you believe it is best to keep beer and wine out of Royal-Memorial Stadium.
Stand Up for Texas College Students
When a young person enters college, they are beginning a period of their lives filled with potential and also filled with great risk for negative consequences due to their and others' alcohol use. College students are at greater risk than non-students the same age for excessive drinking.
There are many things we can do to protect students and make campus a healthy place for learning. We can work to reduce the availability of alcohol on campuses, reduce alcohol marketing aimed at college students, eliminate drink specials at campus bars, and more. These are actions that community coalitions can take to keep both college students and community members safe.
Texans Standing Tall has staff with the expertise to help guide these efforts in communities across Texas. Together, we can address the root of college drinking problems. Your donation will help us do that.
Thank you for Standing Tall with us!