by Joy Spencer
Spring Break is a break from
classes, jobs, and stress – but it is not a break from common sense!
If you are
21 or older, and plan on drinking during your break, remember
that alcohol can impair your judgment and actions. Before you head out to have
fun, take a minute to read these ten tips for alcohol safety during your Spring
Have fun, be safe and have a great Spring Break!
- Spring break is not an excuse to drink excessively or
drink more than you normally would. Drink no more than one drink per hour and
alternate alcoholic drinks with non-alcoholic drinks. Eat a real meal before
drinking and snack throughout the time you are drinking.
- Leaving town? Know the drinking laws at your travel
- Use the buddy system. Watch out for your friends and
ask that they watch out for you. Make it a rule to never leave without anyone
you came with.
- If a friend feels sick or has had a lot to drink, you
should not leave them alone. And you should expect that your friends will look
after you if you are sick.
- Know the signs of alcohol poisoning.
- You should not assume that someone you have just met
has your best interests at heart. Keep in mind that more people are sexually
assaulted by acquaintances rather than by strangers. Be aware that excessive
drinking can lead to more instances of violence and sexual assaults.
- Keep an eye on your drink. If you can, watch your
drink being made, do not accept a drink from anyone else, and keep your drink
in hand. Date rape drugs, such as GHB and Rohypnol, could be placed in your
drink while you are distracted to facilitate rape or other crimes.
- Don't provide alcohol to minors, and never let a minor use your ID. The consequences for both are very serious.
ever, drink and drive.
- Always make sure there is a designated, non-drinking
driver if you are drinking. If your designated driver takes a drink, they are
no longer your designated driver. Call a cab.