Even though college students are young adults, parents can still play an important role in helping their children make healthy decisions during the college years. Research is emerging which shows that parents are still influential in college student drinking behaviors, and that positive communication about substance use leads to reduced problems caused by alcohol and other drug use.
At Ithaca College, we take a proactive approach by providing parents of our incoming first year students with a handbook entitled, “Talking with College Students About Alcohol,”* to help parents have these important conversations with their students. This handbook has been tested extensively in research at colleges and universities throughout the United States and is supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
Check out these additional web resources we've made available to our parents:
An up-to-date listing of Alcohol & Other Drug Programs and Treatment Services on the IC campus and in the local community. (You can download the brochure from the sidebar on the right hand side of this page).
College Parents Matter: Tools and Scripts to Improve Communication with your College Student - A terrific website created by researchers at the University of Maryland.
Alcohol Edu for Parents: A website of information for parents regarding alcohol use and abuse as well as the Alcohol Edu course which is completed by Ithaca College incoming first year students.
If You Think They're Using: Young Adults 19-25: Tips from the experts on how to help your college-aged son or daughter get help for a substance abuse problem.
YouTube: How to Answer: "Would you rather I drink alcohol? Weed is so much safer." and other videos by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.
YouTube: The Sound of Your Voice - A brief video by SAMHSA to encourage parents and other concerned adults to talk with college-bound teens about alcohol use.
Information in PDF format regarding parents' role in substance abuse prevention is available for download on this webpage. See the side bar at right to access the documents.
*The parent handbook is distributed via email to parents of incoming first-year IC students. If you have not received one and would like a copy, simply complete the Request Form, below. **The handbook is now available in Spanish. Just indicate in the comments section if you would like to receive this version.