The Wellness Center encourages you to have a safe Spring Break this year. Whatever your plans are, make sure they include these tips:
On the road… Buckle up! Your seatbelt is your best protection in a crash. Also, take turns behind the wheel and whoever sits shotgun should stay awake to keep the driver company. Make sure everyone has a valid driver’s license and the vehicle registration is in the car before driving off.
In hotels… Reserve a room that is above the first floor but below the sixth floor. Why? First floor rooms are easier to break into, and rooms above the sixth floor are sometimes too high for fire ladders to reach.
At the ATM… Try to go to the ATM in groups, but avoid getting overly complacent about safety just because you’re travelling in numbers. Also, try to go during the daylight hours. When you approach the ATM, do a 360 degree scan, looking completely around to see if anyone is hanging out where they shouldn’t be. If someone is creeping you out, go to another ATM.
If drinking… If you choose to party, party smart, be responsible. Pace yourself if you choose to drink and avoid hard alcohol or other drinks that are powerful and have fast effects. Impairment begins with the first drink. Choose not to drink if you are driving, or be safe with a designated driver. Remember, drunks equal easy targets. Also, be aware of alcohol poisoning. According to a University of Wisconsin study, 75 percent of college males and 43 percent of females reported being intoxicated on a daily basis during spring break. If you decide to drink, know the liquor laws of wherever you’ll be vacationing.
On the beach… Sun can maximize the effects of alcohol, so keep this in mind if you party on the beach. Take it slow and stay hydrated by drinking lots of water. If you start feeling faint or lightheaded, get some shade and water immediately. Don’t be a lobster… use sunscreen of at least SPF 30 and reapply often.
While swimming… Jumping into the water without a lifeguard is putting yourself at risk. Even the most experienced swimmer can get caught in an undertow. In case you get caught in a rip current, don’t bother swimming against it. Instead, swim parallel to shore until the rip passes. Try to stay within the designated swimming area and always swim with a friend.
In the hot tub… Drinking in the hot tub might sound like a good idea, since pretty much every MTV video makes it look sexy and glamorous, but MTV isn’t an educational resource (shocker!). Alcohol can dilate blood vessels and lower blood pressure to dangerous levels. The effects of alcohol are felt sooner and stronger in a hot tub. It can lead to unconsciousness and drowning. Overall, a bad idea.
Hooking up… Don’t believe the hype. Not everyone is doing it. But if you do choose to have sex, make sure it’s protected. See [SmarterSex.org] for more safe sex tips.
Have a great and Safe Spring Break!!
ERAU Counseling Services is available, and fortunately, for ALL students here at ERAU, counseling is a free! Counseling Services is located at the Wellness Center, Building 73, in Haas Commons. Counseling services can provide a confidential and secure place to help you figure it all out!
One-on-one and couples counseling is available to fit your needs. Making an appointment to see a counselor on campus is easy! Just stop by or call the Wellness Center (928) 777 6653.