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How Parents Can Help their College Student Avoid Alcohol Abuse

Thumbnail image for How Parents Can Help their College Student Avoid Alcohol Abuse 2.pngFall semester is the perfect time for parents to discuss the risks of alcohol abuse with their college student. The consequences of excessive alcohol use by students can be destructive and costly. Parents can use the following tips to help their college student avoid alcohol abuse. Read on to learn more.

1. Be Proactive in Discussing Alcohol Abuse with Your Student

Do not wait for the issue of alcohol abuse to arise to discuss it with your student. Instead, be proactive in discussing the dangers of excessive alcohol use with your student. Most parents want to deal with alcohol abuse when it happens. By the time a student suffers from alcohol abuse, it is often too late to discuss the dangers associated with alcohol. Be honest with your student about how you handled alcohol during college and how it affected your life. Set rules with your student about drinking. This will help your student drink responsibly.

2. Discuss the Consequences of Excessive Drinking

Freshman students who live on campus are more likely to engage in heavy drinking over a short period of time. From beer games, to binge drinking, freshman students are at an increased risk to suffer serious health consequences (example - alcohol poisoning or blackout) from excessive drinking.

Parents can do several things to help their college student avoid excessive drinking. This includes discussing the penalties of underage drinking with their student, how alcohol use could lead to date rape, violence, drunk driving, and academic failure.

3. Control Your Emotions

If your student repeatedly comes home drunk, calmly address his/her bad behavior. Do not respond with anger. Acknowledge your feelings in a constructive way. Let your child know you are worried about his/her well-being and want the best for him/her. If you overreact to the situation, your student may avoid you which will leave the issue unresolved.

4. Identify Signs of Alcohol Abuse

As a parent, you may become concerned that your child may have a serious drinking problem. Some signs of alcohol abuse include the following:     

  • Drop in academic performance
  • Drunk driving
  • Lack of motivation
  • Getting fired from a job
  • Isolation

      If you think your student may have a drinking problem seek professional help. Your child may be in denial about his/her alcohol abuse problem. Be calm when discussing the problem with your child and reassure him/her that you want to help him/her overcome this issue. Visit Washtenaw County Alcoholism Treatment Programs for information about inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation centers.

      If your college student has been charged with an alcohol related crime in the Washtenaw County area, contact my law office for legal representation. I can review your student's case and provide him/her with legal guidance on how to proceed through the criminal justice system. Obtain experienced legal counsel to represent your student. Doing so can prevent your student from serving time in jail, paying excessive court fines, and being suspended from school.

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      Talking to your kids about drugs is important to some extent. However, I believe talking with them, taking a personal interest in their development, and guiding them on their life path is more important. Alcohol abuse is a form of emotional escape, which is driven by anxiety, depression and/or emotional distress. It is always underpinned by low self-esteem and personal identity issues. Generally speaking, kids who have a high level of self-esteem and do not struggle with anxiety or depression don't abuse alcohol.

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