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Teens Involved in Risky Activity While Driving

Risky Behavior Leads to Emergency Rooms

Sara Bellum
April 21, 2011

When you ask friends what they’re going to do for homecoming or the prom or graduation, spending the night in the local emergency room probably isn’t on their list. Unfortunately, for many young people, alcohol may change their plans. Read More »

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Two girls about to fight.

Drugs and Violence Go Hand-in-Hand

Sara Bellum
April 12, 2011

Mean Girls…or Violent Girls? A recent national survey (the National Survey on Drug Use and Health) found that more than one-quarter (26.7%) of girls age 12 to 17 reported engaging in some kind of violent behavior in the last year. Whaaat? Read More »

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Alcohol and Drugs Don't Mix

Sara Bellum
April 08, 2011

A recent episode of the hit TV show “Glee” focused on the problem of underage drinking. Called “Blame It on the Alcohol,” the episode depicted glee club members narrowly avoiding school suspension for drinking on school grounds—never a smart idea! Read More »

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Product Placement – Sneaking Messages To Your Brain

Sara Bellum
March 09, 2011

So you’re watching American Idol and you notice that the judges are all drinking from Coke cups. It’s pretty obvious that Coca Cola paid for that not-so-subtle endorsement. Well, that is called “product placement,” and it’s everywhere---it’s also nothing new… Read More »

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Football gear

Truth in Advertising? Super Bowl Alcohol Commercials

Sara Bellum
February 16, 2011

Everyone knows that many of the fans of football’s biggest game are there for the commercials. Companies selling all types of goods—from cars to snack foods to insurance—pay top dollar (more than $2 million for 30 seconds in 2011) to spread the word about their products. Read More »

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