Study: Summer talks improve college freshmen alcohol habits

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So you want to prevent your soon-to-be college freshman from drinking in college. A Penn State study out this year shows that talking about the realities of underage drinking can help - as long as you do it now.

Freshmen whose parents initiated at least one conversation about drinking during the summer before college were more likely to have healthy college drinking habits than those whose parents waited until fall to have the talk or didn't do it at all.

And the freshman who received the most benefit from summer talks were heavy drinkers in high school - in other words, their blood alcohol content surpassed 0.08 several times per week, both on weekends and weekdays, the researchers reported. Four out of 5 of them transitioned to less frequent drinking in college, according to the study.

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