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How Do I Talk To My Young Adult About Alcohol?

Young adults have their whole lives in front of them. They also are experiencing many changes in their lives. From going off to college, getting jobs, and crafting new relationships, young adults have a lot to deal with. They are also very impressionable. For some young adults, this new time away from home is the first time they are experiencing alcohol. Before your young adult moves out of the house, it’s important to talk to them about the consequences and dangers of alcohol. The¬†Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration¬†offers some tips to help you talk to your young adult about alcohol before they head off into the “real world”.

Transitioning off to college

Graduating high school and moving onto college can be a difficult transition time for many young adults. This is the first time they are living away from home and getting jobs. There comes new freedom with moving out, but also new responsibilities. There may be some overwhelming feelings that pop up during this transition time. College is also a time where young adults meet other young adults and do adult things: drink alcohol and have a good time. It’s important to remind your students that drinking alcohol has consequences and can be dangerous. If your student is turning to alcohol to relieve some of the stressors of college life, remind them that there are many other ways they can get help. Many colleges offer free or reduced-price counseling programs. Urge them to reach out to a trusted professional if they are having trouble adapting to college life. If your student is turning to alcohol to fit in, remind them that fitting in isn’t always a good thing. They don’t need alcohol to have a good time, either.

Keep the conversation going

Throughout the school year, you’re going to want to keep the conversation around healthy habits going. Having open lines of communication is also a good practice to put into place. Be there for your child whenever they need it. Remind them that they can go to you for anything. Check in with your young adult and make sure to keep an eye out for signs of alcohol dependence. Keep checking in to make sure they are keeping up healthy habits. 

Villa Tranquil Recovery is here for you during the times of transition. Call us now for more information about how we can help you at 214-799-3080. We can’t wait to hear from you today.