First weeks of college risky time for students, experts suggest

In a nearly 1,700 word article, the New York Times(8/17, Heffernan, Wallace) reports people are at high risk for alcohol abuse, depression, and sexual assault during the first weeks of college, so parents should talk with their children about those risks before and after they begin college, according to “Robert Turrisi, professor of biobehavioral health and director of the PRO Health Lab at Penn State,” and other experts. The article highlights research by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism that has found binge-drinking among college students has declined overall, but the number of alcohol-related hospitalizations among college students has increased.