Risks, Consequences, Choices

Picture your sons and daughters applying for a job after they graduate from college.

With modern social media and easy access to the Internet, one of the first tasks an employer will do is "google" them. If your sons and daughters were arrested or did something "dumb" that was printed in the school newspaper, do you think that employer will still bring them in for an interview?

An arrest record today can impact people in many ways it did not when modern parents were young, ...but that's just one of the risks related to alcohol.

While there are a number of changes that occur during the first year of college, alcohol use is often one of the most challenging to deal with. Students may believe that most of their peers are drinking alcohol and thus feel more pressure to do so as well, which may result in unwanted and/or dangerous consequences.

In 2014, the percentage of first year students at Nebraska 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities that reported that they either abstained from alcohol or drank, but did not binge drink, was 85.7%.

This type of information is important to share with your sons and daughters because it dispels the perception that all of their peers are drinking and drinking excessively. When students realize that they’re not alone in either abstaining from alcohol or, at the very least, controlling their drinking, they feel more comfortable declining the invitation to drink at social events.

Although more and more students are choosing to abstain from alcohol use and practice responsible drinking, high-risk drinking is still a concern at Nebraska colleges. As you visit with your sons and daughters about drinking at college, having accurate information helps initiate the conversation and allows you to speak with confidence and credibility.

Watch this video to find out what this student's impressions of the college drinking scene.