Spring Break Is Coming

This is an American term, of course. Here in Ontario we call it March break, because Spring isn’t exactly here yet in the first two weeks of that month. Yet, when the break comes, our young people are often engaging in similar behaviour to our Yankee friends.

Whether you call it Spring or March break, the week is infamous for vacations to sunny destinations, complete with binge drinking and other risky behaviour. These parties are sometimes sponsored or hosted by large corporations that appeal to youth.

At these parties, serious alcohol consumption takes place. To accompany all the drinking there are other troublesome decisions.

From the Trauma Centre, San Francisco General Hospital:

A study of college drinkers on campus found that among frequent binge drinkers, the following behaviors occurred at least once:

• 49.7% engaged in unplanned sex
• 52.3% engaged in unprotected sex
• 58.4% had trouble with the police
• 58.9% were injured

Perhaps these issues put a damper on the party, or worse – they make for serious problems afterward.

Author: Doug Ironside RN

Doug is a Registered Nurse (PHN) with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.

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