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Tips for learning about alcohol and drug use on a college campus

 

As parents, you do your best to support your child through the college application process and help them make sense of the endless choices available to them.   But how many of today’s 15 million college-bound students are really prepared for the alcohol and other drug challenges they’ll face when they enter college?

Have you and your child discussed the alcohol and other drug challenges your student will face? According to statistics, more than half of college freshman find themselves in a situation of high-risk drinking within their first week of college.*

What can you as a parent do to help your student be better prepared?

The links below will provide you with suggested questions and resources to help you and your student better understand a campus’ underage drinking and drug use culture.

Materials to request and use in evaluating the alcohol and drug usage on a college campus

Questions to ask during college interview

 Online resources:

College Drinking Prevention  http://www.collegedrinkingprevention.gov

Mother’s Against Drunk Driving  http://www.madd.org/underage-drinking/the-power-of-parents/high-school-parents/keep-your-teens-safe/highschool-teensafe5.html

National Association for College Admission Counseling http://www.nacacnet.org/studentinfo/articles/Pages/socialaspects.aspx

College Niche – College reviews written by current students   http://colleges.niche.com

 

* National Association for College Admission Counseling

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