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3 Keys to Successful Communication About Alcohol



Research suggests that student socializing patterns are often established in the first six weeks of their first year on campus. Factors that can influence high-risk behaviors within a social setting include group drinking norms.


The effectiveness of your communication about alcohol is reflective of the relationship you have with your daughters. Is there a pattern of open communication in your relationship? Have you discussed difficult issues with them (i.e. sex, drugs, friends, and especially alcohol use)?


Accurate information about the current drinking scene at CSM is vital to help parents’ credibility when talking to their daughters about alcohol. If students know their parents are informed, they’re more likely to take what parents say seriously and talk about what they think of drinking.

Research has shown us that as parents understand the characteristics of the drinking scene young adults will be exposed to and talk with them about healthy ways to safely navigate that scene, they can have a profound influence on their daughters’ decisions. If conversations do not go well, then the relationship may need to be strengthened and different communication skills attempted.

Prior to your daughter's first year at CSM, she’ll be asked to complete an online teaching exercise called the College Alcohol Profile (CAP).

This will provide her with some feedback about the choices, risks, and consequences of drinking. It will also help to correct misperceptions about the drinking norm itself at CSM. Part of this training will be some specific suggestions about how to avoid high-risk drinking. We want you to know what they’ll be taught here, so you can add to or reinforce those strategies.