It is finally here: Spring Break. The long awaited break after New Years that marks the coming of summer and warmth. Most people really look forward to a little rest and relaxation or some good unwinding from a stressful few weeks. The pent up stress and anxiety that sometimes seems unbearable is ready to be set free. Most people who are given a spring break often go out and celebrate the vacation time. Too often does this include binge drinking. Binge drinking is an incredibly dangerous practice to which many young adults and even adults participate. It is the consumption of alcohol of five or more drinks (for males) and four or more drinks (for females) in an hour. Spring break is known for wild parties and binge drinking, so here are a few tips on how to avoid binge drinking during this break.

Dangers of Binge Drinking

This country is known for binge drinking. Many citizens binge drink as a result of a hectic work schedule or class schedule. Binge drink is most prevalent for underage students. College students are especially prone to binge drink, which only increases on Spring break. These students actually plan to binge drink during this vacation time. In fact, during spring break males tend to drink roughly 18 drinks a day and women more like ten drinks a day. The dangers of consuming alcohol at this yet are vast. It can be as simple as getting into trouble with police officers to dying from alcohol poisoning and all that lies in between. Every year 1,800 college students die from injuries or accidents that include alcohol. Assaults by students who are under the influence of alcohol are staggering, which number over a half a million. Accidents including alcohol affect roughly 600,000 students a year. There are several different ways that binge drinking can hurt students over Spring break, but they can have both immediate and long lasting effects.

Avoiding Spring Break Binge Drinking

Avoiding spring break binge drinking can be difficult. The best way to avoid Spring Break binge drinking is to avoid spring break all together. This break is meant as a time for students to relax and unwind from the stress and pressure of college, not a time to be physically ill and get into trouble. Even with the best intentions, most college students will bow to peer pressure. Parents should try to encourage their children to avoid Spring break hotspots that are known for reckless drinking behaviors. They should encourage their children to volunteer or go on church retreats. It might be a good time to take a family vacation, especially after being separated for that amount of time. If your child is going to one of these hot spots known for binge drinking and dangerous situations it is best to discuss the dangers of binge drinking before they go. It is also important to remember that you are the parent and can simply not allow them to go, but give them several options that you find more suitable for their vacation. Parents should discuss the dangers of binge drinking with their children and discuss the signs of it as well as how to stop. Children should understand the consequences of such behaviors. Young adults should understand that drinking until physically sick or ‘blacked-out’ is terrible. When they continue to do this they must understand they have a problem and look for help. There are several alternatives that students can utilize, as well as treatments/support groups on campus that can help them avoid such behaviors. The alternatives for Spring break are endless.