Spring Break 101
by Joy Spencer
Spring Break has arrived!
- There are stiff legal penalties for consuming alcohol if you under the legal drinking age of 21.
- Alcohol use could result in spending spring break in the ER, hospital or morgue, or a criminal record.
- Alcohol use can also lead to unplanned parenthood, sexually transmitted infection and disease.
- Aspirin isn’t a magic pill.
- According to a study by the American Medical Association, taking aspirin before drinking does not prevent hangovers. In fact, aspirin lowers the rate at which your body metabolizes alcohol. As a result, the effects of alcohol last longer and you may end up with a worse hangover in the morning.
- Friends don't let friends sleep it off.
- If your friends are too intoxicated, don’t leave them unattended.
- Alcohol poisoning is a serious danger when consuming alcohol in excess. If someone who is drunk passes out, they’re less likely to be awakened by their need to vomit. You should seek professional help immediately, if someone becomes unresponsive.
Alcohol retailers also play an important role
Reminders for parents
- Have you talked with your teens about underage drinking and its consequences?
- Are YOU aware of the penalties and consequences of underage drinking?
- Do you know where your teen is going and who they are going with?
- Is there an adult chaperone?
- Do you have contact information for your child and the parents of who they are traveling with?
- Can your child reach you if they need your guidance or help?