Tips for Parents
Alcohol-Related Deaths Spike on Weekends
Colleges and communities have not ignored the issue, developing educational programs, creating strict sanctions and laws, and coordinating other awareness and prevention initiatives. However, in approximately 40% of the cases in which criminal investigations were known, charges were filed. Most often, these charges were filed against fraternity members or others who obtained alcohol for an underage person. In most cases, plea bargains were reached.
First year students and those celebrating 21st birthdays accounted for a significant number of these deaths. It's a cautionary tale as we dig into a new academic year, trying to avoid these statistics at all costs. Don't be afraid to talk with your student about smart alcohol choices. It could make a major difference when she's faced with these difficult decisions.
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