Parents should talk about alcohol and drinking with their high school seniors long before they leave for college. The Century Council, a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing drinking abuse, suggests the following conversation-starter ideas:
The Century Council also recommends that parents ask their students how they like their classes, what activities they are engaged in, whether they have made friends or drinking buddies, if they are feeling overwhelmed and what the parents can do to help.
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It’s also important for young people to have accurate information about alcohol. For example, they should know that standard drinks of beer, wine and spirits all contain equivalent amounts of alcohol. A standard drink is a 12-ounce can or bottle of beer, a five ounce glass of wine, or a one and one-half ounce serving of 80 proof distilled spirits (either straight or in a mixed drink). To a breathalyzer, they’re all the same.