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Family Values About DrinkingStudents Studying

When drinking is and isn't appropriate:

  • Is alcohol involved in family get-togethers? If so, how is safe drinking modeled by adults?
  • What messages about drinking did you send to your sons and daughters as they were growing up?
  • What are the family beliefs about drinking socially?
  • What are some family values that may be affected if unhealthy drinking occurs? Some families have concerns that drinking may lead to problems related to sexual activity, physical health, productivity in school, and careers.

Underage & High-Risk Drinking Dangers

The first section of this site explained some of the risks that your sons and daughters will be exposed to at Nebraska Methodist College. We encourage you to use that information to talk knowledgeably to them about how that info relates to where they'll be living. 

How to Stay Safe if Drinking

  • Students who choose to drink can take steps to stay safe.
  • The Specific Strategies page presents strategies for dealing with different situations in greater depth.

Why People Choose to Drink

  • Peer Pressure
  • Escape from the stresses of college life.
  • Misperception that everyone is drinking, or it's just part of college life.

One of the most important ways for your sons and daughters to stay safe is to develop assertiveness.

Whether it's related to being assertive and standing firm in their plans for how to deal with being offered alcohol or in how much they'll drink, assertiveness will help minimize the risks they'll have.

College students often drink not because they have been pressured by their friends into drinking, but rather because they think everyone is doing it and that it's an appropriate thing to do. Talk to your sons and daughters about how assertive they are now with their peers and how they can strengthen that assertiveness.