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Conversation Tips

  • Call your son or daughter frequently during the first 6 weeks of college.

  • Recognize your own experiences, attitudes and behaviors towards high risk drinking- what kind of messages are you giving your young adult?

  • Inquire about their roommates, the roommates' behavior, and how they settle disagreements or deal with disruptive behavior.

  • Make sure that your son or daughter understands the penalties for underage drinking, public drunkenness, using a fake ID, driving under the influence, assault, and other alcohol-related offenses. Ask the college/university to keep you informed of infractions of school alcohol policies.

  • Make certain that they understand how alcohol use can lead to date rape, violence, and academic failure.