There are college students who drink excessively, and there are college students who struggle with eating disorders. Both problems pose threats to medical and mental health and may require professional help. Even more so, the negative consequences may multiply when the two concerns co-exist. The combination of having a drinking problem while struggling with an eating disorder can be deadly. When the only calories that are being consumed come from alcohol, college students are bound to face physical, social, and emotional problems. If you know a college student who is abusing alcohol while coping with an eating disorder, it may be time to plan an intervention.
The holiday season brings about plenty of stress as parents of young adult college students prepare for winter break. When college students return home for winter break, they tend to bend the rules. After all, it’s hard to get back into the parent-child perimeters, after being out on your own. Often, when kids come home from college, break-long blow-ups begin. Arguments erupt about time spent with friends, curfews, and alcohol consumption.
To ease the tension throughout winter break, parents should plan on negotiating with their college students. This means parents might either have to loosen up a little, or, at times, will have to firmly, yet fairly, set boundaries of acceptable behavior. Continue reading Negotiating Tensions Through Winter Break with a College Student Home for the Holidays