VIDEO: 'I Killed A Man' Confessor is Indicted

By Mark Memmott, NPR

Matthew Cordle of Ohio, "whose dramatic online video confession to killing a man in a drunken-driving crash went viral" over the weekend, was indicted Monday on a charge of aggravated vehicular homicide, The Columbus Dispatch reports.

"Cordle, 22, was indicted by a Franklin [Ohio] County grand jury for causing the death of Vincent Canzani, 61, of Gahanna, in the wrong-way crash on I-670 near 3rd Street on June 22," the Dispatch adds.

Posted September 3 on YouTube, Cordle's confession has now been viewed more than 1.2 million times. In it, Cordle says he will plead guilty "when I get charged ... and take full responsibility for everything I've done to Vincent and his family."

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Hoeflinger: What parents (and everyone) should know about teenage drinking

Our son Brian N. Hoeflinger died in a tragic car accident Feb. 2 at the young age of 18. He was a senior in high school, an accomplished golfer, carried a 4.5 GPA and had his whole life ahead of him.

On the night he died, Brian was at an unsupervised party with friends drinking vodka and  drove intoxicated. He struck a tree and was killed instantly. No one else was in the car.

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Dangerous viral trend threatens teens: 'Smoking' alcohol

By Jeff Rossen and Josh Davis, TODAY News

It's the dangerous new way teens are getting drunk -- and it's going viral. Now doctors say it could be deadly.

It's called "smoking alcohol." You don't drink the booze, you inhale it. Sounds bizarre, but those vapors give you an instant high.

Here's the problem: Doctors say it's incredibly dangerous and can be extremely addictive. Pure alcohol shooting into your brain. Doctors are issuing an urgent warning: Don't try this at home.

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'Binge-drinking gene' discovered

Scientists believe some people have a gene that hard-wires them for binge drinking by boosting levels of a happy brain chemical triggered by alcohol.

The gene - RASGRF-2 - is one of many already suggested to be linked with problem drinking, PNAS journal reports.

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Liquor store owner opposes growler bill in Howard County

John Gorzo said his opposition is not based on a fear of competition from growler sales, saying the majority of draft beers sold would likely be specialty beers. But he said he fears some restaurant owners would allow customers who have already had too much to drink to buy beer to go. He also doesn't want to see the legislation allow future expansion to hard liquor.

"If you have a patron in the [restaurant], they will fill this up and they will go out to the parking lot," Gorzo said.

"Once the bill passes, any restaurant can do the same thing," he said. "If it's just high-end restaurants, I support that. The three restaurants that represented themselves are all high-end, very reputable. I have no problem with them — just as the program expands."

jkanderson@baltsun.com

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Mother speaks out about underage drinking after son's death

Michael Thomas Truluck, 13, texted his family that he needed a ride home shortly before 6 p.m. Saturday. His mother said she saw nothing unusual in the request and sent her fiance to pick up Michael and two other boys, who had spent the afternoon together.

"I knew he was hanging out with a bunch of friends, and there was nothing unusual about that," Kristina Keys said. "He texted and asked for a ride home. We picked him and two friends up."

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Huguely trial highlights alcohol abuse at colleges, universities

There's little question that George Huguely V, the former University of Virginia student on trial for murder, had a problem with alcohol.

He had been arrested twice for drinking-related infractions, one of them violent, in his early 20s. And he admits to consuming at least 15 drinks — and likely had more, witnesses said — the day he confronted Yeardley Love at her off-campus apartment in 2010, assaulting her so severely she later died, according to prosecutors.

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Pa. woman hosted 'kegger' before 3 teens crashed

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A prosecutor will seek a prison term for a western Pennsylvania woman who has pleaded guilty to serving a half-keg of beer to teen guests at her son's graduation party, before three of them were killed in a crash about a mile away.

Susan Sanders-Watt, 60, of Greensburg, pleaded guilty Monday to four counts each of corruption of minors and reckless endangerment and 17 citations of serving alcohol to minors, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://bit.ly/A4aNSq) reported.

Sanders-Watt wasn't charged with involuntary manslaughter, because prosecutors couldn't prove the beer she served caused the crash on June 26, 2010. That's because the driver, 19-year-old Michael Simpson, had been drinking at another location before the defendant's party.

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Review shows alcohol companies reach youth online

A beer bottle was lit up like a Christmas tree on one Facebook page and flanked by stuffed animals in another.

Then there were the iPhone apps that allowed drinking enthusiasts to hunt for virtual trophies or monitor the weather through drink prices, and the video on YouTube that featured cartoon characters using spirits to reduce stress.

David Jernigan came across these alcohol advertisements during a recent study of social media. And he says that while they may be effective marketing for legal imbibers, they're also appealing to kids.

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Annapolis event remembers victims of drunk driving

By Barry Simms, WBALTV

A memorial event in Annapolis to remember loved ones lost due to drunk driving tips off Maryland law enforcement officers and government officials to look into increases in drunk driving accidents/fatalities and how to stop them. Watch WBAL's coverage of the memorial and efforts to curb drunk driving in Maryland by going to http://www.wbaltv.com/Event-Remembers-Victims-Of-Drunk-Driving/9087408

Dad, I Prefer the Shiraz - Do Parents Who Serve Teens Beer and Wine at Home Raise Responsible Drinkers?

Parents teach their children how to swim, how to ride a bicycle and how to drive. Should they also teach their teenagers how to drink responsibly?

The volatile issue is seldom discussed at alcohol-awareness programs. But some parents do quietly allow their teens to have wine or beer at home occasionally, figuring that kids who drink in moderation with their family may be less likely to binge on their own.

Should parents introduce children to help them drink more responsibly or does early exposure lead to an increase in alcohol abuse later on? Kelsey Hubbard talks with WSJ's Health Columnist Melinda Beck about new government studies on the topic.

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Study: Alcohol 'most harmful drug,' followed by crack and heroin

London, England (CNN) -- Alcohol ranks "most harmful" among a list of 20 drugs, beating out crack and heroin when assessed for its potential harm to the individual imbibing and harm to others, according to study results released by a British medical journal.

A panel of experts from the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs weighed the physical, psychological, and social problems caused by the drugs and determined that alcohol was the most harmful overall, according to an article on the study released by The Lancet on Sunday.

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