Family Resources

Have you talked with your student about drinking in college?

You and Your Student

Making a difference

Parents have a strong influence on college student drinking. Research has shown that the more parents talk to their college students about drinking, the more likely their student is to make safer and healthier choices about alcohol and drug use.

Be clear

Be clear in what you expect from your child when they are away at college. Stay connected and communicate often.

Key times to stay in touch:

The summer

  • Share your experiences with alcohol
  • Be realistic with the positives and negatives of drinking
  • Do more listening than talking

The first 6 weeks

  • How are your roommates?
  • Are you making any friends?
  • What do you do for fun?
  • Are you joining any clubs or organizations?
  • Have you been to any parties?

The end of the semester

  • Ending a semester can be a very stressful time for students. Be sure to keep in touch and encourage your student to make responsible choices.

Always ask

  • How can I help?
  • How are classes going?
  • How are you balancing social life and school?

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High-Risk Drinking

Typical high-risk drinking activities to be aware of include:

  • Doing shots
  • Pre-gaming = Drinking before going out
  • Drinking games
  • Drinking from punch bowls, etc.
  • Drinking to become intoxicated
  • Driving after drinking
  • Riding with someone who is under the influence
  • Drinking too fast, chugging
  • Going to parties with people who drink heavily
  • Leaving a drink unattended
  • Mixing alcohol with medications or illegal drugs

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The Facts

Alcohol is estimated to be involved with:

27% of dropouts

33% of academic failures

58% of violent behaviors

59% of unsafe sexual practices

63% of acquaintance rapes

38% of physical injuries


Campus Alcohol and Drug Education Center

For additional information please contact us at


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Alcohol EDU for parents is available, here

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