When a young person leaves for college, the focus is often, for both parents and the student, on academics and social life. Parents and teens may both wonder if the student is ready to navigate difficult academic requirements and manage studies in the face of new freedoms related to social relationships.
Adolescence and the years of young adulthood are typically carefree and sometimes a bit haphazard. But what many young people often don’t see is that decisions made in youth often have consequences that follow into the later years.
Energy drinks are extremely popular. They’ve become the beverage of choice for a variety of individuals, including busy teenagers and on-the-go parents. Considering our busy lifestyles, it’s little wonder why.
Young people, in particular, seem to be latching onto a new, related trend: mixing alcohol with energy drinks. More than 25% of college drinkers have mixed alcohol with energy-laden beverages, according to researchers at the University of Florida . However, experts are learning that, for those who abuse alcohol or struggle with alcoholism, the combination of energy drinks and alcoholic beverages can have serious – and even deadly – consequences.
Music that appeals to young audiences and hints at drug use is nothing new. But some genres do a lot more than hint. Rap music, for example, has a decades-long history of lauding the newest drugs and celebrating them in so many words. Now Molly, a drug related to ecstasy, is just the latest in a long line of star brand substances.
Parents often imagine worst-case-scenarios when they send their college freshman off to campus for the first time. They may wonder if their child is going to try drugs as they transition to an unprecedented level of independence and freedom, and then wonder what level of experimentation is going to result in major problems.
Alcohol consumption is associated with elevated risks of injury, dangerous sexual behaviors and crimes such as assault. When alcohol is consumed by an underage drinker, the risks may multiply due to increased levels of impulsivity among teens.
Following a night of heavy drinking, the drinker is rarely the only one to pay a price. Safety at work, the ability to perform well on the job or in school and relationships are all jeopardized by the after-effects of too much alcohol. Of, course, the drinker themselves does often suffer painfully.
The relationship between academic performance, social activities and choices related to alcohol and other substances is one that keeps many parents awake at night. Trying to determine what factors in their kids’ lives may point to making a mistake in other areas can lead to a chicken-and-egg internal argument about how to keep kids from going astray.
The likelihood of college students to try binge drinking may be connected to the methods they have in place for dealing with stressful situations.
Getting a young adult prepared for college involves much more than buying books and securing a dorm room. New freedoms and opportunities will bring circumstances that affect the emotions and choices that students will make outside the classroom. The stresses involved in the first semester of college can cause dangerous impulses if a person is not emotionally and maturely prepared.