The arrival of college students on campus each fall is an exciting time bringing new friendships, new experiences, and new responsibilities. The memories will last a lifetime.

For most students the memories will be positive. But for a number of students, their college career will be negatively impacted by the consequences of excessive drinking.

The University of Minnesota Duluth is committed to developing a community environment which supports healthy lifestyles and encourages responsible and well-informed decision making. Along with Universities nation-wide, UMD acknowledges the seriousness of student alcohol abuse on both the individual as well as the whole community. Response to this critical issue requires the collaborative efforts of all community members - students, administration, faculty and staff, parents, and the Duluth community at-large.

According to a college task force report by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the consequences of excessive drinking by college students are more significant, more destructive, and more costly than many parents realize. And these consequences can affect students, whether or not they drink!

Web site links are provided for further information about the issue of college alcohol use/abuse s well as offering suggestions on how to effectively communicate with your son or daughter about this important concern.

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Mission Statement

The purpose of this website is to help inform parents regarding:

– The issue of alcohol use/abuse by students at UMD and nationwide;

– How UMD is addressing this issue;

– How significant the role of the parent is in talking with their student.