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UTEP takes proactive measures to lower the risk of underage drinking

EL PASO, TX (KVIA) -- Research has shown that the first six weeks of the semester are particularly vulnerable for first-year college students. They are exposed to new social settings and peer pressure can lead to underage drinking. It's during this period that parents' guidance and support become crucial.

Nicole Holt, CEO of Texans for Safe and Drug-Free Youth (TxSDY), emphasizes the importance of open and honest communication between parents and their college-bound children. Having meaningful discussions about responsible decision-making, setting expectations, and the risks associated with alcohol can make a significant impact.

Before sending your child off to college, it's vital to be aware of campus policies related to alcohol. Colleges and universities are increasingly aware of the challenges related to underage drinking. 

The University of Texas, El Paso maintains a drug free university community and workplace. University regulations strictly prohibit the possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages on university property without prior written authorization from appropriate administrative officials. 

Any UTEP student found involved in the illegal use, possession and/or sale of drugs or narcotics is subject to disciplinary action. If such use or possession occurs on campus, students could face the risk of suspension from the university. 

UTEP also offers supportive resources for students dealing with alcohol or substance abuse. These resources include counseling, treatment options, and educational programs.

To access support you can contact:

Sending a child off to college is a significant milestone, but it's essential to address the risks associated with underage drinking. By fostering open communication, understanding campus policies, and recognizing the impact of brain development, parents can play a vital role in ensuring a safer and more successful college experience for their children.

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