Staying Safe on Spring Break Tips:

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Spring Break Safety

Responsible Drinking

You don’t have to drink to have a good time. Offer to be the sober designated driver, or choose to go where the main activity is not drinking. If you choose to drink, drink responsibly and encourage your friends to do the same.

  • Determine in advance the total number of drinks that you will drink and do not exceed that number. Pace yourself - set a pace of one or fewer drinks per hour. Avoid drinking games – they cause you to drink too much too fast. Never leave your drink unattended.
  • Eat a meal before drinking, preferably with protein, and snack throughout the night. Drink water in between drinks. Do not mix alcohol with energy drinks or consume caffeinated alcoholic beverages.

Signs of alcohol poisoning:
-Person is passed out or unconscious and cannot be awakened
-Cold, clammy, pale, or bluish skin
-Breathing is slow or irregular, with 10 seconds or more between breaths
-Vomiting while passed out, and not waking after vomiting
-Unable to stand or walk without help.

When someone is experiencing alcohol poisoning or overdoses call 911. The person’s life is in danger and they need help.  Learn more...

  • Go out with your friends, and go home with your friends. Use a sober designated driver or have a plan for how you will get home. Have enough cab money.
  • If a friend has passed out do not just let him/her “sleep it off”. Know the signs of alcohol poisoning and seek help immediately.  

Safer Sex

If you are sexually active, know your sexual limits and respect them.

  • Remember to use a condom when you are sexually active, every time!
  • Avoid regrettable hookups; lose the beer goggles. Don’t forget that an individual cannot legally consent to sexual activity if he or she is drunk (BAC higher than .08) or passed out. Drunk sex is rarely safe sex. 
  • Know your sexual health status and get tested before/after spring break. Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are often asymptomatic. Not knowing your partner’s sexual history may put you at risk. Do not trust someone you just met to be honest about their sexual history.
  • Emergency Contraception (EC) is regularly available in the United States, but may not be in other countries.

When You’re Out and About

  • If traveling abroad be aware of international laws and regulations.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and never go out alone.
  • Share your contact information and plans and check in with your friends every 20-30 minutes. Enter important numbers (i.e., cab companies/shuttles) into your phone.
  • Contact the UF Student Health Care Center Travel Clinic if you have any questions about staying healthy while traveling abroad

Sun Safety

  • Use sunscreen that covers UVA and UVB rays with an SPF of 15 or higher, and reapply often.
  • Wear a hat and sunglasses when out in the sun and limit sun exposure between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. when the sun’s rays are most intense.
  • Do NOT go tanning before spring break-it is more harmful to your skin. Instead, use a sunless tanning cream or get a spray tan.
  • Check your skin for moles and discoloration. If you have skin concerns, make an appointment with the UF Student Health Care Center Dermatology Clinic.

Additional Resources:

Break Health and Safety
http://www.safespringbreak.org/safety-tips/
http://www.cdc.gov/family/springbreak/

Safer Sex Tips
http://www.smartersex.org/safe_sex/safe_sex.asp
http://www.stdwizard.org/

Traveling Abroad
http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/safety/safety_1747.html

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