For many, the fall season conjures up images of football games, tailgates, leaves changing on the trees, and carved pumpkins on every front porch you pass. In addition to all of these nostalgic notions, fall is also the time when many of our students and their families pack up their cars and head to their respective college campuses.
As you and your students plan the fall migration back to school, take the opportunity to talk about the consequences of high-risk college drinking. Research strongly suggests that one of the best prevention strategies is for parents to engage in dialog with their students in a way that expresses their concern, values and facts.
When talking to your student, keep in mind that the consequences of underage and excessive drinking impact all campuses, college communities, and students whether or not the student participates in drinking. The following annual data highlights the impacts of high-risk drinking:
Excessive and underage drinking are public health problems that exact a toll on the social and intellectual lives of students across the country. By taking the opportunity to talk with your students, you have the ability to make a large impact on their behavior, which could positively effect their college experience and the rest of their lives.
For more information on excessive and underage drinking, please refer to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the Community Anti-drug Coalitions of America, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.