In the next month or so, college students will flock to warm destinations for a well-deserved stress release. If you’re one of these students, odds are you’ve put plenty of thought into planning the perfect vacation for your budget. So make sure nothing ruins your plans! Consider the health and safety risks associated with spring break, and then take proactive steps toward reducing your risk of something bad happening.
Binge Drinking and Correlating Risks
On average, college students consume six alcoholic beverages weekly. But while on spring break, students report drinking closer to 10 drinks per day (according to The Purdue Exponent). This heavy drinking period poses serious health and safety risks. For instance, ABCNews.com reports that one spring breaker falls off of a hotel balcony each year. Less shocking – but just as serious – are the risks for sun poisoning, STDs, assault, dehydration, drunken driving and more.
Legal Issues to Keep in Mind
Some people think of spring break as a drinking, partying free-for-all, but remember that the regular rules still apply. For example, South Padre Island in Texas issues fines totaling $80,000 during spring break and averages 25 arrests daily (as reported by albionpleiad.com). The Albion Pleiad also reminds us that in 2012, Panama City and Daytona confiscated 20,000 fake I.D.s.
#ShowYouCare Tips for a Safe Spring Break
This spring break, show you care about those you’re traveling with – and about those back at home who care about you – by taking care of yourself and your spring break group. Approach your week of sun, friends and relaxation with the commitment to do everything in moderation. Enjoy happy hours (only if you’re 21 or older, of course), sunshine and mingling with other students, but don’t take anything to the extreme. Drink responsibly, wear sunscreen and retreat to the shade once in a while, and don’t go anywhere alone with a stranger. Above all, trust your gut.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing crucial advice for spring breakers, as well as fun spring break trivia and dream destinations. Be sure to follow along!
Remember: Wherever you go, take safety with you.