Alcohol abuse is a common activity on college campuses today. It is something that can be witnessed on every campus, in every part of the country. No matter how big or small the campus is this dangerous form of abuse is present. Our society has created an environment where alcohol abuse is not only allowed, but almost encouraged. Popular culture and social media present college as a time where students move away from home to experiment with a number of different substances and activities. Parents are growing especially concerned about what their child is doing at college when they should be studying, which is increasingly true considering the cost of an average college education. There are a number of things that parents can do to prevent their child from engaging in dangerous alcohol abuses on campus. Alcohol abuse is a dangerous activity that has claimed the lives of thousands of young adults. Parents can have a lasting effect on their child’s lives, even after they move on to college.

Understanding Drinks and Counting Correctly

Alcohol abuse on Indiana campuses is dangerous. These abuses are associated with binge drinking, which is a dangerous practice of consuming alcohol rapidly to achieve intoxication. Consuming alcohol becomes binge drinking when a woman consumes four or more drinks an hour and five for males. This process works by consuming more alcohol than the liver can metabolize, which results in intoxication. This is especially dangerous becomes it reduces a person’s ability to make rational, logical and safe decisions. Many cases of abuse (sexual, physical and verbal) all stem from cases of binge drinking and ‘drunkenness’. Therefore, it is essential to know what exactly counts as a drink. One beer (twelve ounces), mixed drink (1.5 ounces of alcohol) or glass of wine (five ounces) is universally considered to be one drink. It is important that your teenager understands the differences in alcoholic beverages and understanding the importance of counting.

Open and Honest Conversations

It is paramount that parents have open and honest conversations with their college bound teens before they leave for school. Child of parents who conduct these types of conversations over dinner are less likely to engage in dangerous alcohol consuming practices. Teenagers must understand the dangers that are at stake when they engage in such risky behaviors. The part of the brain the weighs consequences and makes decisions is not fully developed when they are in college. Parents who speak to their children opening and honestly are more likely to help their teenagers understand the danger that they can place themselves in.

Setting an Example

Along with being open and honest it is important to set the right example. Parents who discuss their own experiences with abusing alcohol are more likely to have teenagers who are more willing to engage in like activities. While it is important to be open and honest there is such a thing as being too honest and open. This includes drinking irresponsibly. Parents who overindulge, binge drink or any other risky behaviors involving alcohol are more likely to have children who do the same. Children of alcoholics are much more likely to develop an alcohol problem themselves. As a result, parents must be mindful of how they consume alcohol in front of their children; especially young soon-to-be Hoosier college students.

College is a wonderful time for young adults to experience the world and grow into an adult. Parents who take care to prepare their teenagers for the experiences of college life, which includes dangerous alcohol consuming practices, are more likely to create successful college students. The more engaged and insightful a parent can be the better off their child will be in college.

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