The Spring Break Buzz

Spring break is right around the corner and regardless of whether you drink or not, you probably have some friends that do. Spring break behavior can get out of control fast, and everyone has seen that those people who just can’t manage their alcohol. Whether it’s you, a friend, or a total stranger, no one wants to be “that person.”  Besides, excess drinking can be extremely dangerous. Nothing kills a Spring Break buzz like having to take your friends to the emergency room for dehydration and alcohol poisoning.

Here are some safety tips so you can watch yourself, watch your friends, and if you can, try to watch out for those around you.

  1. You may be good at watching how much you drink, but make sure you’re watching what you drink as well.  Follow these three simple rules: 1) If it’s not your drink or you don’t know if it’s your drink, then don’t drink it. 2) Don’t accept random drinks from strangers, even if they seem great. 3 )Make sure you watch your drinks being made. These rules apply to non-alcoholic drinks, too.
  2. Sunshine and alcohol may sound like a great idea, but drinking in the hot sun can actually leave you feeling pretty awful. The sun can maximize the effects of alcohol, as well as increase dehydration, so make sure you’re drinking plenty of water with every alcoholic drink.
  3. I love hot tubbing as much as the next person, but steaming hot water and alcohol do not mix. It can lead to unconsciousness and drowning.
  4. Lastly and most importantly, drinking and driving is never okay! Alcohol tolerance does not decrease you BAC. If you’re not sure how to calculate your own BAC, Wellness USF is handing them out for free in their Spring Break Safe Sacks in MSC 1504.

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