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 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 destination.
- 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.
- Never, 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.