It is an unfortunate reality that alcoholism is a big problem for students in college. They are away from the protective influence of their parents for the first time and they spend the majority of their days around other young adults. This could lead to impulsive decisions that involve underage alcohol consumption, and worse yet, an addiction to alcohol. However, this problem can be successfully prevented long before students ever leave for campus.
Parents and students alike should take alcohol abuse issues seriously. In 1998, there were 1,400 deaths on college campuses across the nation related to alcohol, according to a publication released by Colorado State University. By 2009, that number increased to 1,825 students, all between the ages of 18 and 24, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). That is an increase of approximately 23 percent in a little more than ten years. In addition, other grave consequences can arise due to alcohol abuse, such as injury, assault, and sexual abuse. Yet, parents can take a proactive role in their teens’ lives and keep them from becoming victims of alcohol abuse by following a few simple steps.