October 2016 Newsletter


October 2016 Newsletter

In This Issue

Palcohol announces world-wide auction
Drunkorexia is a growing trend among today's college students
Donate Now!
Smoke Free Policies: A great start to healthier lungs
National MLDA 21 turns 30

Palcohol announces world-wide auction

The inventor of powdered alcohol (Palcohol) is using a new tactic to get this product on the shelves. Mark Phillips is planning a worldwide auction to sell the secret manufacturing process to the highest bidder in each country.

The auction notice says the sale of the product's manufacturing secret is "because individuals/companies in each country have a much better understanding of the liquor laws and distribution channels for that country."

The move to auction the manufacturing process is a transparent attempt to work around the bans popping up in the United States and other countries. Should the product become available, Texas is only one of a few states where it could end up on the shelves.

No matter what moves Palcohol makes, Texans Standing Tall and YOU will keep advocating and educating to keep this product off of the shelves. Powdered alcohol poses immeasurable risks to our youth because it can easily be concealed, misused, and overconsumed. The maker of Palcohol needs to know that Texas will not have the shelf space for it.

For interested buyers in the United States, the minimum bid is $70,000 for the manufacturing secrets. Instead of bids, we're hoping the only thing the Palcohol maker hears is crickets. For more information about powdered alcohol visit our website or give us a call at 512-442-7501.

Palcohol is offered in a variety that appeal to youth including Lemon Drop and Powderita.
Palcohol is offered in a variety that appeal to youth including Lemon Drop and Powderita.



Drunkorexia is a growing trend among today's college students

As if parents didn't already have enough worries, a dangerous trend called "drunkorexia" is growing among today's youth, particularly college students.

Drunkorexia is the term used for extreme dietary methods, such as self-imposed starvation, binge eating, or purging, combined with excessive alcohol use. These methods are used as a tool to offset calories for planned binge drinking.

Skipping meals to drink more is nothing new, but a recent study out of the University of Houston found that more than 80 percent of college students had engaged in drunkorexia-related behavior within the preceding 90 days.

The study found that the most at-risk students were students who lived in fraternity and sorority houses, as well as college athletes. Both young women and young men are vulnerable to the troubling behavior. Drunkorexia is linked to increased binge drinking, negative consequences from drinking like drunk driving accidents, drinking to cope, and disordered drinking.

Texans Standing Tall (TST) supports evidence -based strategies that work to curb youth alcohol abuse. Through our Screening and Brief Intervention (SBI) program, we are able to intervene before at-risk students face serious consequences from risky alcohol use. Evaluation of the program shows positive results.

Changing the perception of underage alcohol abuse will take education efforts from all angles. TST is a resource for parents, teachers, and others to empower youth in their lives to make choices that lead to healthier and safer communities. If you have an athlete in your life check out our Athletes and Alcohol poster.



CADCA and NIAAA team up for a new Social Media Contest open to all CADCA member coalitions

Excessive alcohol use negatively affects our society in a myriad of ways. Alcohol abuse and alcoholism causes major damage at the individual, family, and community levels.  Nearly 88,000 people (approximately 62,000 men and 26,000 women) die from alcohol-related causes annually and alcohol misuse costs the U.S. an estimated $259 billion a year.  Thanks to research funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), we know more about alcohol and its impact than ever before. Now is the time for advocates to demonstrate their social media acumen and educate others on this hot topic.

This is why CADCA and NIAAA teamed up for the new #beforeyoupour social media campaign. The campaign challenges coalitions in the prevention field to come up with new and exciting ways to share NIAAA scholarly information about the dangers of alcohol abuse.

Coalitions can use the power of social media to come up with graphics that create a compelling campaign using one of NIAAA facts. Entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges and 10 outstanding coalitions will be awarded $1,000 each to carry out their social media contest.

It's easy to join the Know More Before You Pour Project:

  1. Review the NIAAA facts.
  2. Develop a 1-page dissemination plan, incorporating the use of the hashtag #BeforeYouPour. (Think about how to amplify your reach, create engagement, encourage others to utilize, measure your impact, etc.)
  3. Create at least one social media graphic.
  4. Fill out the submission form with your creative graphic and one-page dissemination plan by November 18.

Coalitions can submit up to three ideas. However, only one entry per coalition will be selected. A panel of communications experts from NIAAA and CADCA will identify outstanding submissions and notify coalitions by Friday, January 6.

These outstanding ideas will be displayed at the 2017 CADCA National Leadership Forum, February 6-9 at the Gaylord National Harbor Hotel and Conference Center, National Harbor, MD.

CADCA member coalitions have three weeks left to create and submit ideas.



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Keep alcohol advertising out of National Parks

Use this image to Tweet at the National Park Service to respect our parks and respect our families.
Use this image to Tweet at the National Park Service to respect our parks and respect our families.

Texans Standing Tall has partnered with 65 other public health organizations to demand that the National Park Service abandon its plans for a partnership that would allow alcohol advertising in national parks.

Allowing alcohol brand logos within parks and establishing co-branded relationships with alcohol companies normalizes alcohol use and, as a result, influences young people's decisions to drink. This partnership will damage the reputation of national parks as safe spaces for children and families.

This is another example of the alcohol industry's influence on our youth. Alcohol remains the most used substance by Texas youth and research consistently shows that youth exposure to alcohol advertising directly correlates with higher likelihoods of underage alcohol abuse. In other words, the more that young people see alcohol marketing, the more likely they are to start drinking, or the more they will drink if they have already started.

Alcohol is a major risk factor in the three leading causes of death among adolescents: homicide, suicide, and unintentional injury. Underage drinking leads to brain and behavioral problems that follow youth well into adulthood. According to the CDC, youth who begin using alcohol before the age of 15 are six times more likely to develop alcohol dependence or abuse.

It is imperative and crucial that parents, teachers, and government agencies do what we can to protect the health and safety of our youth. It is troubling that a government agency would deliberately ignore research and allow alcohol advertising, logos, and sponsorships of family environments.

Make your voice heard by going to social media to tweet the National Park Service that you will stand tall against the alcohol industry marketing to youth in family spaces.

Tweets you can use:
.@NatlParkService: Say 'NO' to alcohol commercialism in #nationalparks. #RespectOurParks http://bit.do/adsinparks

.@NatlParkService: Allowing alcohol logos in parks disregards public health, puts youth at risk #RespectOurParks http://bit.do/adsinparks

Alcohol ads do not belong in #nationalparks, 66 groups tell @NatlParkService #RespectOurParks http://bit.do/adsinparks




Smoke-free policies:
A great start to healthier lungs

In addition to breast cancer awareness month, October is National Healthy Lung Month. It is important to remember all of the factors in our environment that can affect our health, while also recognizing that we can prevent a lot of self-harm.

According to the Texas Department of State Health services,approximately 498,000 youth under 18 today will prematurely die from complications due to smoking. It is imperative that Texans Standing Tall and our supporters continue to educate Texas communities on the importance of protecting the lungs of Texas youth. Smoke-free communities limit the use of tobacco products indoors and in some government owned locations, like public parks. Texas universities also have varying degrees of smoke-free policies.

Smoke-free policies work to reduce secondhand smoke exposure and overall tobacco use. The policies are public-sector regulation and private-sector rules that prohibit smoking in indoor spaces and designated public areas.

Texans Standing Tall is partnered with coalitions that support smoke-free policies - that include electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), or e-cigarettes - for designated indoor work places, indoor spaces, and outdoor public places. The policies promote healthy living by keeping the air inside of restaurants and other shared space smoke-free.

Despite what big tobacco-funded studies say, ENDS should always be included in smoke-free policies. The aerosols released upon exhale expose non-smokers to nicotine and other harmful chemicals. ENDS are not an effective method to quit smoking and using them around your children increases the possibility that they will grow up and smoke.

According to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Tobacco related disease costs the state of Texas approximately $17.7 billion per year, and the average Texas household is burdened with $756 in state and federal taxes from smoking-caused government expenditures.

There is no risk-free level of exposure to second-hand smoke. You can take action today!




National Minimum Legal Drinking Age Act turns 30

Twenty-one being the legal drinking age is celebrating its 30th birthday this year!

In the community surveys they conducted earlier this year, some of our Youth Leadership Council found that there are still some individuals who do not know that the legal drinking age in Texas is 21. For those of us born after Ronald Reagan's presidency, it is ingrained in us very early on that it is illegal to consume alcohol before the age of 21. For others who don't work in the prevention field, it may come as no surprise that some people don't know that the legal drinking age is 21 since it wasn't that long ago that the National Minimum Legal Drinking Age Act took effect.

How did we get here?
From the time prohibition ended until the Vietnam war, the legal drinking age was 21. In 1973, Texas lowered the drinking age to 18, then raised it to 19 in 1981. In a pre-emptive move, Texas complied with the national drinking age on September 1, 1986.

In the 1970s and early 1980s, public health groups began advocating for a uniform national drinking age of 21 after states began lowering their minimum alcohol drinking ages to align with the military enlistment and voting age. As a result, drunk driving crashes and alcohol-related fatalities were on the rise. The 1984 National Minimum Legal Drinking Age Act requires that states prohibit persons under 21 from purchasing or publicly possessing alcoholic beverages as a condition of receiving state highway funds. States had two years to comply with the act and most began to comply well before the federal government would begin to withhold funds.

What did it do?
The year that the National MLDA 21 passed, crashes nationwide dropped by 15 percent and 20 percent in Texas. The National Traffic Highway Administration estimates that 900 lives per year are saved thanks to the 21 drinking age law. Research shows that the brain is not fully developed until age 25 and alcohol consumption interferes with brain development of young adults, with prolonged use leading to serious risks.

Despite what critics of the 21 drinking age limit say, European countries have far worse binge drinking and intoxication problems than the United States. According to the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs, because alcohol is more readily available to youth, Europe has far more underage drunkenness, injury, rape, and school problems.

What happens next?
Raising the legal drinking age did exactly what it was supposed to do. It lowered the amount of drunk driving crashes, saved lives, and reduced the overall consumption of alcohol among youth.

While the numbers are lower than they were 30 years ago, alcohol still remains the most used substance by Texas youth. Texans Standing Tall's remains dedicated to reducing the amount of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use by young people to create healthier and safer communities. Limiting social access to alcohol through social host ordinances and raising the price on alcohol are two evidence based policies that work to reduce youth consumption of alcohol.

If you are interested in learning more about how you can bring these effective prevention strategies to your community send us an email at tst@TexansStandingTall.org or give the TST staff a call at 512-442-7501.




'Tell me why' we should raise alcohol excise taxes?


Texans Standing Tall's Mental Health Peer Policy Fellow Sachin Kamble attended Alamocon on Oct. 30 and met Backstreet Boy AJ McLean. Kamble spoke with McLean about raising alcohol excise taxes as an evidence-based prevention strategy and gave him a TST business card. 'Everybody' on the TST staff reacted with a collective 90s teenage shriek.




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