Alcohol is the most misused drug in our society, although most people do not even consider alcohol to be a drug. It takes only a single episode of intoxication to experience life-changing consequences, accidents, arrests, etc. We are not so naïve that we think that parents talking with their sons and daughters about alcohol use will put an end to alcohol consumption in college students. However, you should do everything in your power to minimize odds of them being at risk.
Topics You Should Be Sure to Address
In your talks there are several topics that you should be sure to address
- First, you should talk about how drinking affects the body. Students need to know how drinking on a given occasion will affect them.
- Second, you should make clear your own position concerning your student’s drinking, exactly what is okay and what is not.
- Third, students drink for a variety of reasons. If you address this directly, then he or she will be better able to think through the choices she/he makes when confronted with “positive” motivations.
- Fourth, you need to discuss reasons for NOT drinking and the many negative consequences that can result from drinking.
- Finally, you need to make clear your willingness to help your son or daughter find constructive alternatives to drinking.