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.