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Alcohol and Drug Use During Spring Break

Steve Wagner

Studies have shown that students who travel on typical spring break trips are far more likely to abuse alcohol and drugs than those who don’t travel. In fact, the average spring break vacationing student consumes 10 drinks per day.

In conjunction with this increased consumption of alcohol and drug usage, the risks for injury and death are dramatically raised. In recent years, Cancun has been a huge attraction for spring breakers, with some travel websites appealing to an underage crowd, boasting of the liberal drinking laws, and even drug laws for some destinations. In line with these trends, the number of alcohol related deaths among teenagers and young adults during spring break trips has jumped by over 13%. In addition to these deaths, there are over 600,000 young people who suffer some type of assault on these vacations, most likely due to the overuse of alcohol and drugs.

The CDC offers a good list of tips to help you stay healthy and plan a safe trip. Their list warns against the dangers of binge drinking and also reminds us that someone is killed every 31 minutes in a drunk driving accident during normal times; during spring break, those numbers increase by as much as 23%.

If you are planning to take a spring break vacation this year, please know the risks and prepare yourself in advance to stay safe, stay alert and stay sober. If you are above the legal drinking age, alcohol is fine in moderation, but binge drinking is always dangerous.

If you are injured during a spring break vacation, give the injury attorneys at Wagner Reese a call. We are a phone call away and we offer free consultations to help you determine if we are the right fit to assist you in your personal injury lawsuit. Give us a call today at (888) 204-8440 and let us help you get on the road to recovery.


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