If you are sending a child off to college, you shouldn’t be putting your head in the sand and hoping they won’t drink alcohol, regardless of how much you have lectured them over the past decade. Hopefully they won’t drink, but if they do, Julia Bush has some advice for them:

The best way to stay safe is to avoid binge drinking, of course, but if you’re going to drink in college, you might as well be smart about it. As you get ready to head back to campus, here are some tips for having fun while remaining safe.


As we saw on Tuesday, a recent study saw 60% of college students admitting to drinking within the past 30 days, with 39% binge drinking (four or more drinks in one sitting for women, five or more for men). Bush recommends following these tips to avoid “ruining your life and liver”:

  • Just don’t drive.
  • Hydrate.
  • Order a giant pizza before you go out.
  • Get to know your own body and alcohol tolerance.
  • Slow down.
  • Bring at least one sober human with you.
  • Take care of your friends.
  • Mix drinks, not drugs.
  • Bring a phone charger.


Sharing Julia Bush’s suggestions with your college-bound student might help them avoid sickness and embarrassment — or worse. Read her article here.