The following is available at http://www.higheredcenter.org/parents/8points.htmlThis guide is excerpted from an article by William DeJong, Director of the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention, and Linda Devine, Assistant Dean of Student Life at the University of Oregon. The original article appeared in The College Parent Advisor, published by College Parents of America. Any parent who reads the newspaper or watches news on television has seen and heard tragic stories about the outcome of excessive drinking on campus. Parents are frightened by these stories and have every right to be. As a resource, advisor and advocate for the more than 32 million households with parents of current and future college students throughout the United States, College Parents of America (CPA) shares this concern. CPA is advising parents to talk with their children about the impact of high-risk drinking on their lives and their responsibilities to themselves and as peers. CPA also is negotiating for possible insurance incentives for students signing pledges against high-risk drinking and drinking and driving. In addition, CPA and the U.S. Department of Education's Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention are working together to further involve parents and other parties in individual campus and other local efforts. In cooperation with William DeJong, Director of the Higher Education Center, and Linda Devine, Assistant Dean of Student Life at the University of Oregon, College Parents of America has developed the following eight talking points to assist parents in talking with their students about alcohol.
Talk with your student about alcohol. While parents may not be able to actively monitor students away from home, they can be available to talk and listen, and that is just as important. It can do more than help shape lives, it can save lives.Reprinted with the permission of College Parents of America, 700 Thirteenth Street, N. W., Suite 950, Washington, D. C. 20005. Call toll-free 1-888-256-4627 for automated information or, visit www.collegeparents.org on the Internet.College Parents of America (CPA) is the only national membership association dedicated to helping parents prepare and put their children through college easily, economically and safely. CPA provides new information on savings strategies, financial aid and tax savings; advises parents on the individual challenges and opportunities they will encounter during their student's college years; and serves as their advocate on Capitol Hill, in state capitals and on the nation's campuses.