Boise Police officer Ryan Thueson was recently appointed to fill an important role in the Community Outreach Division as Alcohol Compliance Officer. Officer Thueson is taking over the duty following the retirement of the previous Alcohol Compliance Officer.
Officer Thueson has been with the Boise Police Department for 8 years, and previously worked in the Patrol Division.
“I feel like I received fantastic training and experience working in patrol, and I look forward to using those skills in my new job,” Thueson said. “As the Alcohol Compliance Officer, I hope to continue to make everyone aware of the dangers of underage drinking and reinforce the message that we are looking to put an end to it.”
Officer Thueson’s responsibilities include:
- Educating the public about the dangers of underage drinking, which statistics show lead to traffic accidents, injuries, and even death.
- Work with Boise establishments to ensure servers are trained to be aware of over-service and underage drinking.
- Be involved in special event permitting and facilitating events which include alcohol.
- Perform compliance checks periodically at Boise businesses to check for over-service or alcohol being sold/provided to minors.
DANGERS OF TEEN DRINKING from www.dontserveteens.gov
- Teens don't just drink. They drink to excess.
- Underage drinking is linked to injury and risky behavior.
- According to the U.S. Surgeon General, about 5,000 kids under 21 die every year as a result of underage drinking - from crashes, homicides, and suicides. Teens that drink are also at risk for a long list of other injuries and potential life-long alcohol abuse. Reducing underage drinking can reduce drinking-related harm.
Brain Development and Alcohol Abuse: Research indicates that the human brain continues to develop into a person's early 20s, and that exposure of the developing brain to alcohol may have long-lasting effects on intellectual capabilities and may increase the likelihood of alcohol addiction. For each year that the start of drinking is delayed, the risk of later alcohol dependence is reduced by 14 percent.
Drinking & Driving: Car crashes are the leading cause of death among people ages 15 to 20. About 1,900 people under 21 die every year from car crashes involving underage drinking. Young people are more susceptible to alcohol-induced impairment of their driving skills. Drinking drivers aged 16 to 20 are twice as likely to be involved in a fatal crash as drinking drivers who are 21 or older.
Suicide: Alcohol use interacts with conditions like depression and stress, and contributes to an estimated 300 teen suicides a year.
High school students who drink are twice as likely to have seriously considered attempting suicide, as compared to nondrinkers. High school students who binge drink are four times as likely to have attempted suicide, as compared to nondrinkers.
Sexual Behavior: Current teen drinkers are more than twice as likely to have had sexual intercourse within the past three months than teens who don't drink. Higher drinking levels increase the likelihood of sexual activity. Adolescents who drink are more likely to engage in risky sexual activities, like having sex with someone they don't know or failing to use birth control.
Other Risks: Teens who drink alcohol are more likely than nondrinkers to smoke marijuana, use inhalants, or carry a weapon. Binge drinking substantially increases the likelihood of these activities.
Academic Performance: A government study published in 2007 shows a relationship between binge drinking and grades. Approximately two-thirds of students with "mostly A's" are non-drinkers, while nearly half of the students with "mostly D's and F's" report binge drinking. It is not clear, however, whether academic failure leads to drinking, or vice versa.