As college students arrive on campus this fall, it is a time of new experiences, new friendships, and making memories that will last a lifetime. Unfortunately for many, it is also a time of excessive drinking and dealing with its aftermath—vandalism, violence, sexual aggression and even death.
Summer is a wonderful time for outdoor activities with family and friends. For many people, a day at the beach, on the boat, or at a backyard barbecue will include drinking alcoholic beverages. But excessive drinking and summer activities don’t mix. Drinking impairs both physical and mental abilities and it also decreases inhibitions—which can lead to tragic consequences on the water, on the road, and in the great outdoors. In fact, research shows that half of all water recreation deaths of teens and adults involve the use of alcohol.
Do you know about the dangers of alcohol poisoning? Read about the signs of alcohol poisoning, myths about sobering up, and what to do if you think a friend is suffering from alcohol poisoning.
Research shows that parents do make a difference. Talking with high school graduates about alcohol now could prevent serious problems later. Parents can use this information to talk with their graduates about alcohol before graduation celebrations begin.
This guide is geared toward parents and guardians of young people ages 10 to 14. Parents can have a major impact on their children's drinking, especially during the preteen and early teen years. Use this guide to find ideas you are comfortable with, and use your own style in carrying out the approaches you find useful.
Small changes can make a big difference in reducing your chances of having alcohol-related problems.
Here are some strategies to try.
Last reviewed: 9/23/2005