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Parents can prevent underage drinking this Fourth of July

Many Americans can't imagine celebrating the Fourth of July without alcohol. Beer, wine and stronger stuff are staples of most holiday cookouts and parties. Unfortunately, this means easy access to alcohol for teens and even younger kids.

What are colleges doing to prevent underage drinking?

If you're sending your child off to college in the fall, whether here in Maryland or across the country, you're likely nervous about the kinds of things he or she will be exposed to, e.g., copious amounts of alcohol. You may find some assurance in the knowledge that colleges and universities are taking steps to curb underage drinking among their student bodies by implementing policies that prohibit it and penalties for those who fail to adhere to those policies.

Schools using random breath tests at events to prevent drinking

Kids have been sneaking alcohol into high school sporting events, dances, graduations and other functions since our grandparents' time -- and probably before that. While many high schools require kids who are suspected of being under the influence to submit to Breathalyzer tests, now there's a growing trend across the country to administer these tests randomly before kids can get into an event.

Students can face penalties for underage drinking at college

When Maryland parents send their kids off to college, one of their biggest fears is often the easy access their sons and daughters may have to alcohol. Even though they're too young to legally drink, most of us know from our own college days that alcohol is often readily available both on and off campus at parties, sporting events and even at local bars and restaurants that may not be vigilant about carding their young customers.

Teen stress can lead to binge drinking

When we long for the carefree days of our teen years, we conveniently forget how stressful those years could be. Studying, extracurricular activities and part-time jobs can leave teens more stressed-out than parents may realize. There are also the social stresses of teen life. With their phones and laptops always within reach, they can't turn off distractions like we used to do by locking ourselves in our bedrooms.