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Underage drinking is pervasive in colleges across the United States, and it doesn't help parents to bury their head in the sand, and pretend that the problem does not exist. For any parent to believe that their child is completely immune from the dangers that emerge when an inexperienced or novice driver is given access to alcohol, is foolish.

As a responsible parent, you must initiate conversations about the dangers of alcohol use with your child. Those discussions must begin not when your child has been involved in an alcohol-related accident, or has been arrested for DUI, but must begin when your child enters high school, or at the very least, when he leaves home for college.

Some teenagers may be at a higher risk of alcohol abuse, underage DUI and other destructive behaviors involving alcohol. For instance, children who have a family history of parental alcohol abuse, a history of child abuse, behavior problems, mental health problems, discipline problems in school, or have close friends also use alcohol or abuse drugs, are much more likely to drink alcohol.

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Tough laws, stringent enforcement and education initiatives - colleges around the country have experimented with many strategies to reduce the risk of underage drinking on their campuses, and have failed. Many colleges have now begun experimenting with less conventional methods, in an effort to reduce binge drinking on campus.

Binge drinking is the consumption of five or more alcoholic beverages in a single session, and it is one of the most dangerous behaviors that a college student can engage in. Binge drinking is strongly linked to DUI.

In a new study, researchers at the University at Buffalo, State University Of New York found that talking about the risk between drinking alcohol and dying in a fatal accident is not an effective way to reach out to college students. However, students pay more attention to the dangers of drunk driving when they are told about the possible association between drinking alcohol and cancer. The researchers found later that those students who believed that there was a strong association between alcohol and cancer were actually much less likely to binge drink.

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If you're the parent of a teenage driver, you might want to keep tabs on the kind of friends that your child is hanging around with, if you aren't already. Pay special attention to the alcohol and drug practices of your child's friends. If his friends are comfortable with using alcohol or drugs, and driving under the influence of these intoxicants, then it is very likely that your child will also indulge in the same practices.

According to the results of a new study, teenagers very often tend to copy the practices of their friends, when it comes to driving under the influence. The study very clearly found that older high school students were much more likely to drive while intoxicated, when they had friends who frequently drove intoxicated.

It shouldn't be hard to understand the reasons for this. When an impressionable young teenager is frequently exposed to friends who find nothing wrong in driving while intoxicated, the teenager is much more likely to believe that such practices are perfectly normal. Parents play a huge role in helping reduce the risk of underage DUI, and this is one of the things that you can do as a parent to reduce the risk of an underage DUI arrest, involving your teenage child. Step in to end such undesirable friendships in high school, even if such actions prove to be unpopular with your child.

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