Q. Our daughter
is going off to college in the fall. She's a great kid - a
good student who doesn't drink or use drugs. I'm worried about
all the drinking on college campuses but my husband thinks
my worries are groundless because she doesn't drink. Am I
just a nervous mother?
congratulations on raising a drug-free kid! She sounds terrific
and you'll both miss her when she goes away to school. Sadly,
young men and women who do not drink can still be affected
by other students who drink heavily. A recent survey showed
that about two-thirds of students are affected by binge drinking
by other students.*
Your daughter can
stay safe and healthy if she's aware of the dangers. Counsel
her to travel the campus in groups especially at night. Be
sure she knows to keep her door locked at all times. She should
be sure one or more of her friends knows her class schedule
and she should share her friends' names and numbers with you.
She should be sure that her roommate or a good friend knows
her social plans. All this is common sense and she's already
proven that she has lots of that!
of the Harvard School of Public Health College Alcohol Study,
Journal of American College Health, Vol. 47, September
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