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Talk to your children about alcohol before entering college

College is a time to try new things: learn about living independently, discover new passions, take challenging classes. But for a lot of young adults, it’s also the first time they’re exposed to alcohol.

Binge drinking and alcoholism are serious issues among people aged 18 to 24. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), alcohol contributes to the deaths of 1,519 each year, while there are 696,000 assaults annually in which alcohol is involved and 97,000 cases of date rape or sexual assault. If you have a child heading to college in the fall, there are steps you can take to teach your kids to be responsible once they’re out on their own.

What are consequences of underage alcohol possession?

Finals are over and your first year of college is complete. You and your friends worked hard and want to celebrate your accomplishment. As you go about your celebration, you should keep in mind the consequences for possessing alcohol under the age of 21. An underage possession charge is a surefire way to begin your summer on a down note.

Unless handling alcohol is a part of your job, you should not have alcohol in your possession. Virginia law highly discourages minors from handling alcohol. If you’re found in possession of alcohol before age 21, police could charge you with a Class 1 misdemeanor and possible penalties include:

How will an underage DUI affect you in college?

While a DUI can affect many areas of your life, when you are getting ready to go to college, how a DUI will affect your college prospects may be at the top of your mind. Facing DUI charges before entering college may affect your chances of getting in to the college they want, being awarded scholarships and/or receiving financial aid.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 30 percent of high school teens have consumed alcohol in the past month. If you obtain an underage DUI prior to college, how exactly will it affect you going forward?

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