Alcohol and Drug Information for Parents

What Can Parents Do To Protect Their Children Against High Risk Drinking?

An often-overlooked preventive factor involves the continuing influence of parents—even into the college years. Research shows that students who choose not to drink often do so because their parents discussed alcohol use and its adverse consequences with them.

Parents can help by:

  • Talking with students about the dangers of harmful and underage college drinking—whether it be its impact on their class work, relationships, or safety—or its effects on their friends or community.
  • Making sure students read and understand the school’s alcohol policy—as well as knowing other consequences for breaking the law—prior to the start of the school year. (See the College Alcohol Policies map.)
  • Providing ongoing support to students during the school year, especially the first 6 weeks of the fall semester when students are especially vulnerable.
  • Learning about and supporting the school’s alcohol prevention efforts, such as ensuring students take part in alcohol-education programs.
  • Understanding the school’s rules for notifying parents in the event of a problem.
  • Making sure students know signs of alcohol poisoning or an alcohol-related problem, and how to get help—for themselves or a friend or roommate.

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