To Drink or Not to Drink

Brad M. Griffin

We at FYI really respect the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding and have learned a lot from Derek Melleby who leads CPYU’s College Transition Initiative. 

Recently Derek wrote this thoughtful article entitled “To Drink or Not to Drink: Five Things to Communicate to Transitioning College Students.”

At FYI we often say that while drinking and sex aren’t the best litmus tests for faith, our behaviors sure do impact our faith, and we believe our faith should impact our behaviors.  For college students, these two areas of life can often become touch points for faith—areas where faith is either boosted or buried away.

And let’s be clear: these are not simple decisions.  On many campuses, alcohol is the context for nearly all new friendships, in particular during the first few weeks and months of the freshman year. We found that more than a few students opted to drink because they believed their only other choice was to remain friendless.

Here’s where Derek is so helpful.  He offers five things we need to be communicating to college students (or better yet, high school seniors) about alcohol in college. Check out his article, and share your own ideas below.


Published Dec 05, 2011
Brad M. Griffin

Brad M. Griffin is the Associate Director of the Fuller Youth Institute, where he develops research-based training for youth workers and parents. A speaker, blogger, and volunteer youth pastor, Brad is also the coauthor of Sticky Faith ​and Deep Justice Journeys. A native Kentucky youth pastor, Brad now lives in Southern California with his wife Missy and their three children.

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