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 students 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.

My student is not interested in drinking. Over 90% of students try alcohol outside the home before graduating from high school.
My student has learned about the negative effects of
alcohol in school.
Although most students do learn about alcohol in their classes on health, we have found that many important issues never got covered.
At this point my student should know better. Unfortunately, the reality is that many students at this point in their lives are still uninformed about how powerful a drug alcohol can be.
My student won’t listen at this point. The results of the American College Health Survey revealed that parents were the number one source that students turned to for important information.

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 they will be better able to think through the choices they make 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 them find constructive alternatives to drinking.