Alcohol use and abuse is an ongoing problem on many high school and college campuses. And that includes athletes. Don’t assume that they will avoid alcohol and drugs because they are in training or don’t have time.
If you have small children, you may think, “I’m not there yet, I don’t have to worry.”
Unfortunately, kids are being exposed to drinking and drugs earlier and earlier, so it is wise to tell your children early on that drinking & driving and athletes & alcohol are dangerous combinations.
Don’t wait until they are teens to educate them. Start when they are little, and hopefully they will be so familiar with the idea that alcohol abuse is deadly and dangerous that they will stand strong when they get older and peers try to convince them otherwise.
“I know students drink, because we see the aftermath in the training room,” says Maria Hutsick, Head Athletic Trainer at Boston University. “The fact is, kids on every team do it.”