This website provides you with valuable information and resources to help you talk to your sons and daughters about alcohol as they prepare to come to our campus, including:

  • Facts about the drinking culture at Nebraska colleges.
  • Suggestions for successful communication about alcohol use.
  • Ways to improve your relationship your students.

Research has found that parents can have a powerful influence on their sons and daughters’ successful transition to college life. All it takes is communication. Talk to your sons and daughters before they come to college, and keep talking to them while they’re here.

You as parents have already done a great job helping your sons and daughters make better choices. However, your responsibility doesn’t stop just because they’re heading to school. Studies have shown that college students give parents a great deal of credit for guiding them towards less drinking or refraining from drinking. Your input matters — and helps keep Nebraska colleges a trendsetter in students’ responsible use of alcohol.

When young adults begin their college experience in Nebraska, they’ll be facing a number of life changes and new experiences from:

  • Managing finances,
  • Attending class,
  • Balancing academics with social activities, and
  • Including whether or not to drink alcohol.

You can help them during this transition by communicating your expectations and encouraging them to think through the outcomes of different choices.

Parents can also have an impact on the misperceptions of college life, including alcohol use, while providing information about resources available to their student on campus.

Power of Parenting at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln was developed with support from:
Nebraska Office of Highway Safety  US. Department of Education
The Nebraska Prevention Center for Alcohol and Drug Abuse
UNL College of Education and Human Sciences
UNL Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Nebraska Collegiate Consortium (NCC)