Sending your child to college is hard enough. You remember bringing home that little baby from the hospital, and it feels like just a few years ago. Now they’re moving out and living on their own. How can it be?
As such, it’s natural to worry about all sorts of things. Alcohol and drug use are near the top of many parents’ lists. Even if your child has abstained from drinking in high school — or, at least, you think they have — you know that college has a reputation for underage drinking. Is that reputation warranted?
It is. One study, reported on by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, claimed that about half of college students have, in just the past two weeks, engaged in binge drinking. This is drinking quickly and to excess, with a goal of becoming intoxicated. If half have done so in the previous two weeks, far more have likely done it at least once.
If you toss out the qualification for binge drinking and just ask how many college students admit to drinking alcohol, the numbers soar. It reaches as high as 80%.
Now, it is only fair to point out that some college students are old enough to drink. They are not breaking the law. However, these stats still show that college is a place where drinking is common, and many social events involve alcohol. On top of that, the majority of undergrad students, if they start college around age 18, are going to be 18, 19 or 20. That means that, other than the seniors, many of them are drinking illegally to get the kind of stats shown above.
If your child faces legal trouble, make sure you know what defense options he or she has.