Tampa Alcohol Coalition

Tampa Alcohol Coalition (TAC) is a community coalition with over 100 members. TAC's mission is to prevent underage and other high-risk drinking in Hillsborough County.


Alcohol use during pregnancy can cause fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs), which are physical, behavioral, and intellectual disabilities that last a lifetime

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Many people are surprised to learn what counts as a drink. In the United States, a "standard" drink is any drink that contains about 0.6 fluid ounces or 14 grams of "pure" alcohol. Although the drinks pictured here are different sizes, each contains approximately the same amount of alcohol and counts as a single standard drink.

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Sobering UP

Information, infographics, videos on drunk driving, societies costs, alcohol addiction...

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Stop Drugged Driving

While there are effective public health and public safety messages about the dangers of drunk driving, there is little public knowledge of the threat to highway safety of drugged driving. Rates of drunk driving in the United States have declined dramatically, supported by effective laws, strong enforcement and widespread education. This public safety and public health success can be further improved by new efforts focused on drugged driving.

2015 Traffic Crash Facts

2015 Stats: Hillsborough County reported 66 alcohol crash fatalities up from 56 in 2014 (17.86% increase) This is the highest number of fatalities in the state. #2 Orange and Duval both 55, #3 Miami Dade 53

Hillsborough also #1 in alcohol-related injuries: 993 and #1 alcohol related-crashes: 1,469

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2016 Hillsborough County Alcohol Facts

2016 Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) Central Breath Testing Data

  • 4,442  DUI arrests countywide (19.9% increase from 2015)
  • 2,119  Tampa Police Department DUI arrests
  • 1,498 HCSO DUI arrests
  • .138  Average BAC  and 41.90% breath test refusal rate
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2017 Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) Central Breath Testing Data
 4,077 DUI arrests countywide
 1,798 Tampa Police Department DUI arrests
 1,740 HCSO DUI arrests
 .143 Average BAC and 42.19% breath test refusal rate

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Alcohol and Aging

Alcohol is a major part of the culture of the United States. In 2014, alcohol sales—which include beer, wine, liquor, and other alcoholic beverages—totaled nearly $225 billion. The following year, more than 15 million Americans over the age of 18 reported having Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD), known more commonly as alcoholism. That number reaches even higher among people who haven’t reported the disease or have yet to see a doctor for a diagnosis.

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Be Aware of Impaired Driving Around the Holidays

The holiday season implies the feelings of joy, happiness, and compassion. During the holidays, impaired driving becomes a common occurrence for individuals of all ages. Impaired driving does not only include alcohol, but instead marijuana and other abused substances. Appreciate this holiday season the right way and spread positive knowledge about this issue. 

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Blackout Wednesday

Pass out from the Turkey not the Drinking this weekend....  NHTSA National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 

Blackout Wednesday  (Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Blackout Wednesday (or "Black Wednesday," "Drinksgiving," or "Thanksgiving Eve,” or “Wacky Wednesday”) is a pejorative term for the night before the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, which is always a Thursday. It is associated with binge drinking since very few people work on Thanksgiving, and most university students are home to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with their families.[1] The name refers to "blacking out", memory loss due to excessive alcohol intoxication. In Chicago suburbs in particular, Blackout Wednesday is sometimes a more popular partying night than even New Year's Eve or Saint Patrick's Day.[1] In some cities, it is the top drunk driving night of the year.[2] Police departments increase patrols checking for drunk driving in many jurisdictions including in Indiana[3] and Minnesota.[4] MADD reports that the Thanksgiving holiday produces more people killed in drunk driving crashes than the Christmas holiday.[5].


Blackout Wednesday gains popularity as pre-Thanksgiving trend

Thanksgiving Day may be a time for family and friends to gather around the table in gratitude, but the night before, all bets are off.

Blackout Wednesday – not to be confused with Black Friday, which comes after turkey day – is the day before Thanksgiving when people hit the town and alcohol sales spike.

The unofficial pre-Thanksgiving holiday, also referred to as Thanksgiving Eve or Drinksgiving, started making headlines around 2012 when people began noticing a large increase in alcohol sales for that one day. However, it didn’t receive an official name until 2015.

Since then, the pre-holiday celebration has been growing in popularity, and with that, so have beer and liquor sales.

According to data analyzed by Upserve, a restaurant management platform, there was a 23 percent increase in overall restaurant sales the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, compared to other weeks.

Of the data pulled, that 23 percent was prompted mainly by booze. Overall beer sales increased by 270 percent, with sales on growlers growing by a staggering 658 percent – the largest increase on any menu item.

Liquor sales also grew by an average of 114 percent.

Food orders increased slightly, up by about 28 percent than previous weeks.

However, the interesting thing is that the number of checks only increased by 18 percent, suggesting that a small amount of large groups are driving the huge increases on liquor and beer.

While it is unknown what specific scenario compels people to tie one on before the holidays – whether catching up with old friends or trying to avoid relatives – it does appear the phenomenon is gaining traction each year.

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Updated June 14, 2013  Thirty states have statutory provisions that allow licensed establishments such as restaurants, bars, and liquor stores to be held liable for selling or serving alcohol to individuals who cause injuries or death as a result of their intoxication.

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Drinking, drugs are most dangerous things college students face

“A lot of people my age didn't realize I had a problem. Because I wasn't using certain drugs, because I wasn't drinking early in the morning or doing the 'typical' alcoholic stereotypes,” said Pollard.

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Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility

We are proud to celebrate the innovative contributions we have made for 25 years and we attribute our success to the support, encouragement, and commitment from our member companies, partners, advisory board, and the millions of teachers, parents, and kids across the country who use and share our programs. We look forward to continued progress in the fight against drunk driving and underage drinking for a safer and healthier America. We know that individuals making a true impact will help us all move towards this goal.

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HEALTHY ALCOHOL MARKETPLACE Balancing public safety and business needs

The Campaign for a Healthy Alcohol Marketplace was born from the realization of a former alcohol regulator, Pamela Erickson, that we could lose a good regulatory system out of ignorance.

MADD – Power of Parents: Talking with Teens about Alcohol

For families struggling with how to address underage drinking, MADD’s Power of Parents High School Handbook and Power of Parents Middle School Handbook give parents the tools to start the conversation, set family rules and enforce consequences; includes free 15-minute online workshops with tips and tools for parents on how to talk with their children about alcohol.

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