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Negative Effects of Alcohol on College Students

College Students and DrinkingCourtesy of Tom Wilson Counseling Online Classes
Think Safety First
An estimated 599,000 college students suffered alcohol-related injuries nationwide in 2011.
Approximately 1,800 college students die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries each year.
Strive for a Healthy Body and a Healthy Mind
One long island ice tea cocktail has up to 520 calories. That’s the same caloric content as a Quarter-Pounder with cheese from McDonald’s.
Do you think light beer will help you cut back on calories?Think again.Just one 12 oz Bud Light has 110 calories, but most people don’t have just one beer. If you drink five bottles of Bud Light you will consume the same number of calories that are in a small, healthy meal.
Save Your Money
If a student goes out to drink 3 nights per week and has 3 drinks per night, they will spend about $2,000 each semester.
The cost of replacing your lost cell phone is $100-$400.
The cost of missing 1 class due to a hangover can be as high as $200.
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How You Can Avoid Costly Mistakes When Enrolling in an Online Alcohol Drug Class 
© 2013 Thomas Wilson, Director Tom Wilson Counseling Center 

If you have been charged with an alcohol or drug offense and been to court, then enrolling in an online alcohol drug class may be part of your obligations to the court. This is usually required by the court before the court releases you from supervision.

However, a simple mistake such as choosing the wrong class or choosing the wrong online alcohol drug class provider could get you into even more trouble with the court.  If you want to resolve your case quickly, avoid these common mistakes.

Mistake # 1: Enrolling in a class from a provider that does not have the proper credentials or is not accredited.

Online Alcohol Drug Awareness Classes are taught by professionals who are certified or licensed in their state. If you are unsure, ask for a copy of their license or check their credentials at the court.

Mistake #2: Enrolling in the wrong class.  …

Alabama DUI Laws

Courtesy of Tom Wilson Counseling CenterAlabama DUI LawsSection 32-5A-191 Driving while under influence of alcohol, controlled substances, etc. (a) A person shall not drive or be in actual physical control of any vehicle while:
(1) There is 0.08 percent or more by weight of alcohol in his or her blood;
(2) Under the influence of alcohol;
(3) Under the influence of a controlled substance to a degree which renders him or her incapable of safely driving;
(4) Under the combined influence of alcohol and a controlled substance to a degree which renders him or her incapable of safely driving; or
(5) Under the influence of any substance which impairs the mental or physical faculties of such person to a degree which renders him or her incapable of safely driving.
(b) A person who is under the age of 21 years shall not drive or be in actual physical control of any vehicle if there is .02 percentage or more by weight of alcohol in his or her blood. The Department of Public Saf…

DUI Court Delays Caused by California Budget Cuts

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Recent budget cuts in the California court system have resulted in closed courts, fewer staff and many delays in civil cases, but also in criminal cases such as DUI and drug arrest trials and hearings.

An LA Times article states that the California courts have lost about 65% of their state support in the last 5 years and affects from those cuts are continuing to increase. These cuts are causing delays in hearings and trials, causing records to go unprocessed for many months, and reducing the number of services at public windows.
What does this mean for those arrested for a DUI?
One of the most damaging results of a DUI is the temporary loss of your driver’s license.Normally, the California DMV will automatically suspend your driver’s license unless you request a DMV hearing within ten days of your arrest.This delays suspension until the outcome of the hearing is determined.If you win your hearing, no suspension occurs.But, how will this affect you if the court delays your hearing due …

DUI in California and live out of state? Online DUI, MIP, MIC, Alcohol Drug Awareness Programs for Court

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Online DUI, Alcohol Drug Awareness, Minor in Possession and Deferred Entry of Judgment Classes.


Did you get a DUI arrest in California but live in another state?  Complete DUI, Alcohol Awareness, Minor in Possession, Deferred Entry of Judgement Programs Online for court with Certified Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist. State approved for out of state residents who received a DUI, Alcohol, Drug, or Minor in Possession charge in California requiring a Wet Reckless, First Offender or Second Offender SB1176, AB541, AB762, AB1353 or SB38 Alcohol Program. Includes FREE 60 minute Victim Impact Panel for Court Requirements. We also offer a PC1000 Deferred Entry of Judgment Drug Diversion Class for first time drug offenders in the State of California. Tom Wilson Counseling Center has been providing APPROVED classes online for DUI, Alcohol, Drug, Anger, Theft, and more since 2004. Instructor credentials can be viewed here: www.tomwilsoncounseling.com
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California DUI Alcohol Programs approved…

Online DUI, Alcohol Drug Awareness, Minor in Possession and Drug Diversion Classes

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Did you get a DUI, MIP, Alcohol or Drug arrest in one state but live in another state?  Our online classes have been accepted by most states, courts, judges, attorneys, probation, parole, employers, colleges and universities to meet court, agency, employment and student requirements for a DUI, Alcohol Drug Awareness, Minor in Possession, or Drug charges, as well as meeting requirements for education for employment or college and university enrollment. Please check state or court requirements before enrolling.
Complete DUI, Alcohol Awareness, Minor in Possession, Drug Diversion Programs Online for court with Certified Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist. Includes FREE 60 minute Victim Impact Panel for Court Requirements. 
Tom Wilson Counseling Center has been providing approved classes online since 2004 for DUI, Alcohol, Drug, Anger Management, Conflict Management, Petty Theft Shoplifting, Traffic Safety, Parent Education, Thinking Errors, Cognitive Self Change, and DUI, Alcohol, Drug…

APA Says No to DUI as Symptom of Alcohol Abuse or Dependence.

DUIs to Be Excluded as Reason for Diagnosing an Alcohol Use DisorderThe American Psychiatric Association has decided to exclude a DUI or underage drinking from  the DSM-V, the official APA guide used  for diagnosing alcohol problems. 

For many clients, a DUI is the reason that they enter (court-ordered) counseling. However, legal trouble has not been found to be significantly related to either alcohol abuse or alcohol dependence (Shmulewitz, Keyes, Beseler, Aharonovich, Aivadyan, Spivak, & Hasin, 2010).

Removing the legal trouble criterion will not affect diagnosing severe cases of Alcohol Use Disorders,  but it will reduce severity in some cases.

Removing the legal criterion may altogether eliminate some diagnosis (and stigma) of  an alcohol use disorder for individuals mandated to counseling due to a single alcohol-related incident (e.g., a DUI, a case of underage drinking or public drunkenness).