New Lake County Program Takes High-Tech Approach to Fight Repeat Drunk Driving

April 16, 2018 0

Alcohol-sensing anklets address DUIs and alcohol-fueled crime With nearly 1,800 DUI arrests in 2016 Lake County has the fourth highest rate of drunk driving in Illinois, and high-risk DUI offenders—those who repeatedly drive drunk or are most likely to cause a serious crash—account for up to a third of those arrests. Now, to improve public safety and reduce repeat offenses, the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office has launched a new program that will monitor these […]

Facts to know on Underage Drinking

February 6, 2018 0

Alcohol is the most commonly used and abused drug among youth in the United States.1 Excessive drinking is responsible for more than 4,300 deaths among underage youth each year, and cost the U.S. $24 billion in economic costs in 2010.2,3 Although drinking by persons under the age of 21 is illegal, people aged 12 to 20 years drink 11% of all alcohol consumed in the United States.4 More than 90% of this alcohol is consumed in the form […]

U.S. fatal drunk driving accidents in 2016 by Day of Week and Time

January 2, 2018 0

Every day, almost 29 people in the United States die in alcohol-impaired vehicle crashes—that’s one person every 50 minutes in 2016. Drunk-driving fatalities have fallen by a third in the last three decades; however, drunk-driving crashes claim more than 10,000 lives per year. In 2010, the most recent year for which cost data is available, these deaths and damages contributed to a cost of $44B per year. For more information go here. By the way the […]

Monitoring and Reducing Youth Exposure to Alcohol Marketing

December 26, 2016 0

New research from the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Boston University School of Public Health finds certain cable TV shows and networks are rife with alcohol advertisements that are reaching young people under 21 in violation of alcohol industry standards. In the U.S., alcohol advertising is voluntarily regulated by the alcohol industry itself.  The voluntary self-regulatory code sets limits on the shows that […]

Fall Alcohol Compliance Checks

November 21, 2016 0

The high school football season brings memorable events for young people including homecoming games and related dances and parties. Unfortunately, with these events also come concerns about underage drinking. Throughout the homecoming season, businesses throughout Lake County saw teens entering their stores attempting to purchase alcohol. This was part of a county-wide effort to continue promoting positive practices by stores and restaurants that sell alcohol. Law enforcement agencies worked with local groups and young adults […]

Binge Drinking Is Falling Among Teens In The U.S.

June 13, 2015 0

A new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows that the rate of underage drinking has significantly dropped within a ten year period. The survey studied rates of binge drinking and underage consumption among 30,000 individuals between the ages of 12 to 20 from 2003 to 2013. Findings revealed that underage drinking declined from 28.8 percent in 2003 to 22.7 percent in 2013, showcasing a distinct drop. Similarly, for binge […]

Extreme binge drinking: How common is it among high school seniors?

January 19, 2015 0

A University of Michigan study published online in JAMA Pediatrics finds that ten percent of high school seniors have engaged in extreme binge drinking, drinking 10 or more alcoholic drinks in a single sitting.The study is based on data from a nationally representative sample of more than 16,000 high school seniors, surveyed between 2005 and 2011 as part of the annual Monitoring the Future Study conducted by the U-M Institute for Social Research (ISR). “More […]

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