Discussion Topics

VALUES & STANDARDS

ROLE OF ALCOHOL in high risk CHOICES

It is important that parent(s) or legal gaurdian(s) discuss with their son or daughther the many potential physical, mental, and social consequences of drug and alcohol use.  This includes driving under the influence, the potential for making risky sexual choices, violence or assault, depression, the spread of STDs, alcohol poisoning and other high risk related behaviors.

Research suggests that an association exists between alcohol use and college student depression and suicide. Research also demonstrates that risky alcohol use by college students is associated with high-risk sexual behavior. Alcohol impairs information processing and reasoning and heightens the salience of simple cues to action (such as sexual arousal).

Data also indicates that alcohol and physical and sexual aggression are linked. Aggressive college students tend to drink more, but it may also be that heavier use increases the likelihood of aggression. At least 50 percent of college student sexual assaults are associated with alcohol use. Typically, both parties in such situations have been drinking when the sexual assault occurs. Alcohol-related sexual assault is often underreported. 

Concerns related to any form of sex discrimination, including sexual violence or harassment, should be reported to Missouri S&T's Title IX Coordinator.  For further information please reference http://titleix.mst.edu

QUESTIONS FOR YOUR STUDENT
  • How will you decide whether or not to drink at college?
  • How will your choice contribute to what you value?
  • How will your choice connect to your long-term goals?
  • What do you feel constitutes high risk and low risk drinking?
    • What is Considered Low Risk Drinking:
      •  Abstaining from alcohol.
      • Thinking about whether and what you will drink before social engagements.
      • Eating a meal before drinking.
      • Always knowing what you are drinking.
      • Making arrangements to get home safely before you go out.
      • Drinking no more than one drink an hour and setting a limit for the evening.
      • Alternating alcoholic beverages and nonalcoholic beverages throughout the night.
    • What is Considered High Risk Drinking:
      • Drinking games, chugging, drinking anything out of a punch bowl, trough or funnel.
      • Drinking to get drunk.
      • Drinking too much too fast.
      • Consuming under the age of 21.
      • Leaving your glass unattended.
      •  Not knowing what you are drinking.
      • Mixing alcohol with medications or illegal drugs.
      • Socializing in an environment where people are consuming too much.
      • Not establishing limits in advance
    • Social Scenerios
      • How can you participate in social activities while choosing not to consume?
      • If you do plan to go out and drink, how do you plan to stay safe?
      • What will you do if your roommate really enjoys drinking and partying?
      • What will you do if you find yourself at a party with only alcohol to drink?
      • What else is there to do on campus besides go to parties on weekends?
      • What will you do if a friend of yours wants to drive home and they are intoxicated? What if they don't want to listen to you?
      • If you bring a friend home from a party, and they are really drunk, what will you do to ensure their wellbeing?
      • What are the resources on campus for you or a friend if you have concerns about alcohol?
      • What plan are we going to make so you can feel free to call us if you are in trouble or don't know how to handle a situation.

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