Risks, Consequences, Choices
Picture your student applying for a job after they graduate from college.
With modern social media and easy access to the Internet, one of the first things an employer will do is search for them online.
If they find your student was arrested or made poor decisions, do you think that employer will still bring them in for an interview?
An arrest record today can impact people in many ways it did not when modern parents were young—but that's just one of the risks related to alcohol.
While there are a number of changes that occur during the first year of college, alcohol use is often one of the most challenging to deal with. Students may believe that most of their peers are drinking alcohol and thus feel more pressure to do so as well, which may result in unwanted and/or dangerous consequences.
In 2013, the percentage of first year students at UNO who reported that they either abstained from alcohol or drank, but did not binge drink*, was 90.5%.
*Binge Drinking is defined as five drinks for men and four drinks for women within a two-hour period.
This type of information is important to share with your student because it dispels the perception that all of their peers are drinking and drinking excessively.
When students realize that they’re not alone in either abstaining from alcohol or, at the very least, controlling their drinking, they feel more comfortable declining the invitation to drink at social events.
In fact, binge drinking among all ages of students at UNO has fallen from 46% in 2010 to 39% in 2012.
Although more and more students are choosing to abstain from alcohol use and practice responsible drinking, high-risk drinking is still a concern at UNO. As you visit with your students about drinking at college, having accurate information helps initiate the conversation and allows you to speak with confidence and credibility.
This website features interviews from students and administrators from institutions of higher education in Nebraska. Although this website is intended for the parents of UNO students, it is important to note that young adults in the city of Omaha, enrolled, employed or both, socialize together and often share similar experiences related to their transition to college life.