College hosts student alcohol abuse awareness group

A community coalition on the prevention of college student alcohol abuse will host a meeting on April 18 to offer support and advice to parents of college-bound students.

"College Drinking: What You Need to Know," will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, April 18 in the Benedictine Commons in the Science Center at St. Scholastica. The event will be hosted by the Tri Campus and Community Coalition on College Student Alcohol and Drug Use (T3C), founded by representatives of St. Scholastica, the University of Minnesota Duluth, and Lake Superior College. The group includes staff members from each institution along with college students, local businesspeople, and officers from the Duluth Police Department and the UMD police department.

The purpose of the meeting is to educate the parents of high school seniors about current trends in alcohol and marijuana use, discuss the college effect (once on campus, students are exposed to higher-risk behaviors), and encourage and support parents in discussing substance use with their children prior to their leaving for college in the fall.

Alcohol abuse is recognized as a problem at colleges across the country. Heavy use of alcohol by students impacts the quality of their lives (through lower grades, sleep disruption, and injury among other negative consequences), and can cause security concerns and property damage on campuses. It extends into communities adjacent to campuses where noise and inappropriate behavior by drunken students negatively affect the quality of life of non-student residents.

For more information on the April 18 event or to learn more about becoming involved with the T3C group, please contact Julie Zaruba Fountaine at jzarubafounta@css.edu or (218) 625-4914, or visit www.css.edu/wellu.