Breaking the Binge Cycle 6 Signs Your College Kid is Headed for Drinking Danger

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6 signs your college kid is headed for drinking danger.

Studies show that binge drinking is the most widespread health problem on college campuses in the United States. How can you tell if you have just enrolled your child in a crash course for binge drinking and alcohol abuse?

“Problem drinking is no longer a hidden problem,” says Chris Volkmann, coauthor of Our Drink: Detoxing the Perfect Family. “Parents must learn how to engage kids in discussion, agree about acceptable behavior and recognize warning signs of alcohol abuse.”

Written with her 24-year-old son Toren, Our Drink reveals how the family missed the signs of Toren’s addiction and describes the agony of the ensuing discovery. Both the book and their workshops, which cater to teens, parents, high school assemblies, college student/parent orientation weekends and community groups, are designed to educate youth and families about alcohol choices and the consequences of heavy drinking.

Here Chris and Toren share six signs to help you recognize if your child is headed for the

drinking danger zone:

  • Misses classes or falls behind in school work

  • Gradual (or sudden, in adolescents) deterioration in personal appearance and hygiene

  • Unexplained accidents

  • Loss of memory (blackouts)

  • Uncharacteristically passive behavior; or combative and argumentative behavior

  • Spends large quantities of time, effort and money on obtaining substance

“We do not have to accept high-risk drinking as a standard part of campus life,” says Chris. “If parents, colleges and communities work together, they can change harmful drinking patterns and offer hope and help so that fewer parents and students have to suffer.”

To find out more about how to make sure your teen and family have been sufficiently informed about the risks of alcohol abuse, get the FREE “Alcohol Abuse Assessment Tool” at

Contact Information:

Chris Volkmann

(360) 534-9885

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