No one will deny that there is a considerable amount of alcohol abuse in college. Unfortunately, parties and events tend to rely heavily on beer and other liquor.
But what can you do to help reduce the chances of your child (for that is what they are, a child making the transition to adulthood) from becoming a victim to alcohol abuse?
College Alcohol Abuse Get Involved
One of the biggest things you can do to help face alcohol abuse in college is to face it head on. This can be started by becoming involved in the college community.
There are plenty of support groups and clubs that can help to reduce the risk of your child starting to abuse alcohol.
Some great options for this can include:
Have them attend an alcohol abuse prevention course
Require a term paper done on the effects of alcohol on the body
Ensure they join a club that teaches alternatives to binge drinking
You can do other things to address alcohol abuse in college as well.
For example, it is important you take the time and trouble to sit down with your child and talk about the damage that can be done from excessive consumption of alcohol.
You can also encourage them to consider drinking responsibly as well. Since college does focus on drinking, forbidding it can result in retaliation and this can have the opposite effect to the desired one.
Sometimes, talking with the student will have little effect on them and their drinking. It is because of this that you will still need to watch for the warning signs that they might be abusing alcohol.
While there can be other factors that can create similar results, the following tend to be the main warning signs that will appear.
There is a dramatic change in their behavior. This could be anything from an increase in anger to a general careless lifestyle. This may be more noticeable in students that once had great hygiene and now they have let their appearance slowly go.
Changes in grades can be a warning sign too. While there may be times where your student might have a small difference in grades, you will want to look for considerable declines in education. For example an A student getting Ds and Fs in their college courses.
Financial struggles can be a warning sign as well. If your student once had enough funds monthly to handle their bills and they suddenly need large sums of money to get by in school, the additional need could be alcohol related. Take note of the frequency of the requests and the overall dollar amounts. You might find that you need to address this concern.
Reclusive behavior can be another warning sign. Many parents will find that is their child goes into hiding from them it is because they are struggling with their sobriety. While there will likely be some distance in college, you need to watch for them shutting out their family and friends. If this happens, try to keep an eye on them and see if there are alcohol depending issues that need to be addressed.
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College Alcohol Abuse Not All Students will Abuse Alcohol
The point is not to fear that every student will be a victim of alcohol abuse in college.
The truth of the matter is that while there certainly is a concern, there are a large number of students who never have this issue at all.
What you need to be prepared to do is to take the time to keep an eye on your student and address any concerns that come up before they do end up becoming a bigger issue down the road.
If you aren't sure about the concerns that your student faces in their college, learn the facts about alcohol abuse in college for that particular school.
Many schools will post the results of their surveys and this can give you an idea of what the student body is doing. Be sure that you keep in mind that schools with a higher rate of alcohol consumption per student will, obviously, mean that your child is at an increased risk of abusing if they attend that particular school.
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Deborah Morrow, M.S. Addiction Psychology, is the director of treatment programs for The Alcoholism Guide website. In her practice Deborah provides on-line coaching and support for those dependent on alcohol or who require other services such as relapse prevention or court mandated services. (Read More)