How to be safe while having fun on spring break

By Alyssa Pracz

When you hear the words “spring break,” you automatically think of laying out on the beach, partying all day, going out clubbing and meeting lots of people.

What you probably do not think about are the people who have gotten hurt over spring break, suffered from alcohol poisoning, been separated from their group or maybe had their wallet or purse stolen.

Spring break is an eventful experience that any college student is fortunate to experience, but if you are traveling somewhere, you should still make sure that you enjoy your vacation while being safe.

Everyone knows that, while on spring break, most college students will be partying all day every day; it would be naïve to think otherwise.

You can still drink, however, and have fun without potentially harming yourself.

In an article on, a University of Wisconsin study showed that 75 percent of college males and 43 percent of females reported being intoxicated on a daily basis during spring break.

I won’t tell you not to drink, but there are some things you should consider, especially when traveling.

Make sure you are aware of the liquor laws wherever you are traveling so there is no legal risk and remember to drink a lot of water, especially if you are drinking on the beach.

Drinking effects are maximized in the sun, so frequently keeping yourself hydrated is a good idea.

There are probably a lot of dance clubs, bars, and new people to meet wherever you go. You’ve probably heard this before, but it doesn’t hurt to reiterate it: Go out with your friends and come home with your friends.

Since you are around a lot of people you don’t know, you’re more likely to be put in a risky situation. Make sure your friends are all looking out for one another, especially if someone gets overly intoxicated.

Also, the golden rule of never leaving your drink unattended is a must.

If you feel uncomfortable about something, get a new drink and look out for signs of predatory drugs, such as extreme wooziness, confusion, difficulty standing and slurring speech.

It would also probably be a good idea to establish a meeting place if for some reason you or someone in your group of friends gets lost.

Another factor is that touchy subject of hooking up. If you’re going to meet someone and be sexually active, be smart about it and use protection.

You may think what happens on spring break stays on spring break, but an STD can follow you home if you’re not safe.

Just because you have a week off of school and homework doesn’t mean you get to do anything you want and not deal with the consequences.

“Be prepared to be safe and use contraceptive methods,” said Sally Conklin, professor of nursing and health studies.

Of course alcohol impairs our logical thinking when it comes to hooking up as well. Conklin also stated that people are at risk while drinking because sometimes they can’t really give proper consent while under the influence.

Spring break is meant to be a fun experience. Enjoy your week and make memories with friends, but make sure you do it safely.