Unfortunately, some students do experience issues with alcohol or drugs. 

As a parent or family member, there are still things you can do. Start by checking out this infographic, which can offer you some suggestions for talking to your student. 

From there...

Be aware of the signs of possible alcohol and drug abuse. These include lower grades, students not being available or reluctant to talk with you, students being unwilling to talk about activities with friends, trouble with campus authorities, and/or serious mood changes. 

If your student is under age 21 and is found responsible for a campus alcohol violation, or your student of any age is found responsible for a drug violation, you will receive a letter letting you know. This letter will not include specifics on the incident. Use this as a start to a conversation with your student.

If you believe your student is having a problem with alcohol or drugs, help them get appropriate help

If your student is concerned about their substance use, or that of a friend, encourage them to speak with a counselor.

Continue to stay actively involved in the life of your student. 

This information has been adapted from Parents, You’re Not Done Yet and The University of Maryland University Health Center.