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University Counseling Center (UCC)

Guide to Alcohol and Other Drugs

What Can Parents Do?

Many times parents and young adults have a difficult time talking about alcohol and other drugs (AOD). To avoid negative outcomes, it is important for parents and students to be aware of the risks and possible consequences associated with AOD use. Research indicates that parents play a key role in the overall success of university students.

Here are a few ways to talk to your student and some topics that should be discussed.

What to do right now:

Conversation Starters

If your student intends not to drink, ask:

Once your student is at UR, ask questions such as:


How Students are Enabled to Make High Risk Choices

Enabling is any response people make to someone's high risk choices that allows them to keep making those choices without much sense of risk. There are a variety of ways that students are enabled to use alcohol and other drugs, many are very discreet. When enabling occurs, individuals do not experience as many of the negative consequences of their use.

Enabling behaviors include:

Parents, faculty/staff, and peers can all play a role in enabling student's high-risk choices without being conscious of the impact of their actions. Therefore, we all have the responsibility and challenge to create an environment where low-risk choices are the norm.

From Georgia State University, Parent Resources