How to Talk With Your Student About Alcohol

It is important for parents to have open and ongoing conversations about alcohol and other drugs. This can be an opportunity for honest dialogue regarding your expectations and your student's expectations. It is important to maintain this dialogue throughout their time at Boston College. 

Talking Points: 

Set clear and realistic expectations regarding academic performance

If your student chooses to drink, encourage them to use low-risk drinking strategies

Know the alcohol scene on campus and talk about it

Encourage your student to be involved on campus

Stress that alcohol is toxic and excessive consumption can be fatal

Encourage your student to educate themselves about the impact of alcohol on all areas of health

Avoid telling your student your personal tales of drinking exploits from your own college years

Make it clear—underage alcohol consumption is against the law



Course must be completed by all incoming BC students. Info will be emailed to students by end of July.