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With newfound independence and more free time, college freshmen are more likely to experiment with binge drinking in the first six weeks on campus, according to health officials. Parental involvement during that transition period is crucial for both a student's academics and safety. (Photo by Debora Cartagena, CDC)

Parents' role vital in curbing drinking among college freshmen

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Parents do a lot to prepare their children for college. From keeping their nose to the grind during the high school years to helping lug that futon up two flights of stairs on moving day, parental support is important to a student's success in post-secondary education.


But when it comes to avoiding the perils of underage and binge drinking, not all of mom and dad's advice is helpful.

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Michael Brun
Michael Brun is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program. He has worked for the Republican Eagle since March 2013, covering county government, health and local events. 
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