Drinking and heavy alcohol consumption are common practices among college students. In fact, national research conducted between 1990 and 2010 explained that “45 percent of college students binge drank in the last month” and “23 percent are frequent bingers.” Alcohol-related injuries and deaths are incredibly troubling, along with what is considered high-risk behavior that often accompanies heavy drinking. Parents who are concerned about their children’s alcohol intake can address the situation with consistent and positive communication methods. By staying involved, talking consistently, asking questions, and showing concern for accountability, parents can know what to look for and remain vigilant. Binge drinking is a significant concern for parents with children of college age, but with the right involvement and realistic communication with your child, you may be able to intervene before anything goes wrong.

Click here to read the full article by Nicole Kosanke and Jeffrey Foote for the New York Observer.