Dear Readers: Last week, “Worried Mom” asked how to speak to her pre-college teen about the realities of college drinking and the college hookup scene. The panel reported from the front lines, and I’m hoping their stories will motivate all parents to speak up. Parents: Please share this two-part column with your teen. Expressing informed negative consequences of drinking along with your position regarding alcohol makes a positive difference. Tufts’ parent handbook “Talking with College Students about Alcohol” is a must-read. Find it online at http://ase.tufts.edu/healthed/documents/parentHandbook.pdf. — Lauren
Jessie, 21, Eugene, Ore.: To all college students: Don’t be the kid at the party who needs a babysitter, is puking, picking a fight, passed out — or off having sex you will regret. A friend of mine recently got separated from our group, threw up on the sidewalk, fell off the curb and passed out. The police sent him by ambulance to the ER. Cost: $1,200. He’s still afraid to tell his parents.
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