What Parents Need to Know About College and Binge Drinking

The feeling of sending a grown child off to college for the first time can be described as a strange mixture of pride, relief and severe anxiety. What do parents need to know as their adult child takes this big step?

The first piece of good news is that your voice matters. Your child might not tell you, but when researchers have asked them about your influence, they find that parent attitudes and the rules you put in place during their development are major influences on their risk-taking behavior.

Learn more about:

  • What is binge drinking?
  • Why do kids binge drink?
  • How do I talk about binge drinking with my son or daughter?

Click here to read the full article from The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

 

 

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: Just one night of binge drinking will erase 2 weeks of practice.

Binge drinking can be defined as consuming five drinks for males and four drinks for females in about two hours. You may show up to practice but you will not see any gains for two weeks. It will also take 96 hours to re-balance hormones and you will see an 11% decrease in your performance.

 

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: Studies show one night of binge drinking (5 drinks for males and 4 drinks for females in 2 hours) can lead to 14 days of lost training, an 11% decrease in performance and a total of 96 hours to rebalance hormones.

You may show up to practice or a game but will not see any gains for 2 weeks and it will take 4 days for your body to fully recover.

How Parents Can Help Their Underage Kids Resist Alcohol

As NPR states in a recent article, about 1 in 6 teens drank alcohol before turning 13, and about the same proportion of high school kids has binged on alcohol, according to the latest biannual Youth Risk Behavior Survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But adults and parents can play the most important role in preventing underage alcohol use.

Click here to learn more about two recent studies that will help guide parents.