Why should you be concerned about underage drinking?
Parents should talk about alcohol and drinking with their high school seniors long before they leave for college. Research has found that teens whose parents talked with them about avoiding alcohol before they begin college are more likely to not use or limit alcohol.
Consider these facts:
- ALCOHOL POISONING: You can overdose on alcohol.
- BRAIN DEVELOPMENT: Research shows that drinking alcohol before age 21 can interfere with brain development. This interference causes potential learning impediments. Some impediments can last after age 21.
- ACADEMIC CONSEQUENCES: Alcohol use among students is associated with poor grades, absenteeism and higher rates of school dropout.
- 21 - IT'S THE LAW: In New York, if you are under the age of 21, it is a violation of the law to possess alcohol with the intent to consume. Youth under 21 who drink and drive can lose their licenses for up to one year for small amounts of alcohol and face jail time for larger amounts of alcohol found in their systems.
- Violent Crimes: Assault, rape, etc. The majority of these cases, alcohol was involved.
Talk with your student about YOUR expectations on alcohol use.