FOX 11 parenting contributor on talking to kids about college drinking

- As college kids prepare for life on campus, buying books and getting their dorm rooms ready, there is also an important conversation that needs to happen between parents and kids. 

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, more than 1,800 college students die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries.

According to research, parents are the biggest influence when it comes to their child's decision to drink alcohol or not.

MADD, or Mother's Against Drunk Driving, provides all sorts of resources for parents and students. Educating your child, as well as yourself, and being ready for tough conversations can save lives.

Parent Tips: 

-Understand the 'Red Zone': the first six weeks of college is a time when kids are most at risk.

-Peer Pressure: teach kids how to say "no"

-Educate your child about binge drinking: 4-5 drinks every 2 hours. (Source: NIH)

-Keep the lines of communication open

Watch the full video above! You can find Donna Tetreault at DonnaTetreault.comFacebook and Twitter @donnatetreault.

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