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Vt. convenes colleges to seek drinking solution

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CASTLETON, Vt. (AP) - Dr. Harry Chen - Vermont's health commissioner - says that college students tend to drink less when their parents are aware of what they are doing, especially during the first six weeks students are away at college.

Chen made the comments Wednesday during a meeting at Castleton State College with representatives of 14 Vermont colleges and universities who are sharing methods they've developed to help reduce problem drinking by students.

Chen says 54 percent of Vermont students admit to high-risk drinking - 10 percent higher than the national average.

One aim of the conference is to look at programs that are working on one campus that others might adopt.

Patience Whitworth of the University of Vermont spoke of keeping parents involved through emails that begin before students arrive on campus.

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