Information for Parents and Families

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Information for Parents and Families

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Alcohol and drug use on college campuses is nationwide problem.  The transition from high school to college is a particularly vulnerable time, associated with increased alcohol and substance use and risk of related negative consequences. New Hampshire's (NH) research shows that 15% of NH college students think they may have an alcohol problem, and that NH young adults are more likely to use marijuana and other illegal drugs more than any other age group.  

Information for Parents and Families 

To build awareness around the dangers of high risk drinking and other drug use among young adults, NH has issued the following information for students and families:

  • Collective Action Issue Brief: Yound Adult Substance Abuse in New Hampshire 
    Information about the health and safety risks of substance use, including; injuries, unsafe sex, academic problems, increased illnesses, accidents, housing evictions, police arrests. It also highlights the economic impact when a student may drop out of school due to alcohol abuse or other drug use.      
  • Parenting Through the College Years 
    Information that encourages parents to stay connected to his/her student as they settle into campus life. 
  • Exploring Realities: A UNH Family Guide 

Services at UNH for Parents and Families

If you are concerned about your student's use of alcohol or other drugs, the first thing to do is try and discuss your concerns with him/her directly. The most effective approach is to show your concern by using "I" statements as much as possible. This will cut down on their possible defensiveness and allow him/her to process how their drinking or using is affecting you. Be supportive, but firm with your expectations of his/her use of alcohol and/or other drugs.

UNH Health Services 

An Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Educator/Counselor who has extensive experience working with young adults and parents is available talk with parents in person or by phone. After the initial consultation, it will be determined what the next best step would be for the parent to take. You can call (603) 862-3823. 

All UNH students may receive free education/counseling. These visits are confidential between the counselor and the student. This mean your son/daughter needs to consent in writing to allow any communication to occur between you and the counselor. 

UNH Counseling Center 

The Counseling Center staff is also available to talk with parents or students. 

Talk with Your Student About Alcohol Poisoning

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