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Spring Break Safety Tips

At Valley Women’s Clinic, we care about you.  As you embark on your Spring Break,  keep these safety tips in mind to ensure you have a drama free week of relaxation and fun.

  1. Never Go Out Alone

This is one easy way to keep yourself safe no matter where you’re spending your Spring Break. You are less likely to become a victim of a physical or sexual assault in a group, so stay with the people you know and trust. Make a plan for how you’re getting back home after a night out on the town before you go out and also avoid carrying large amounts of cash or credit cards. Lastly, be a good friend and keep each other from making poor decisions. If you’re all looking out for each other you will all be safer. Besides, spending the night with your friends in a new town is more fun than doing it alone anyway!

2. Protect Your Skin and Eyes from the Sun

The hot sun is the best way to unwind after a cold winter in Southwest Virginia, but don’t let the sun ruin your good time. Always wear and reapply sunscreen to avoid the affects of excessive and unprotected sun exposure including premature aging and skin cancer.  This will ensure you come back with the perfect sun-kissed glow, minus the peeling and sun poisoning. In addition, cover your eyes with sunglasses that are 100% UV protected.  Also, don’t forget to take out your contacts before swimming to avoid eye infections.

3. Count Your Drinks

While it may be tempting to lose count of your drinks while you don’t have any assignments or responsibilities looming over your head, it is important to stay in control. According to the CDC, binge drinking happens when men consume an average of five drinks and when women consume 4 drinks within a two-hour period. Although binge drinking is often overlooked as a non-serious issue because it is not connected to alcoholic dependency, it does have serious health risks including unintentional injuries, violence, sexually transmitted diseases, unintended pregnancy and chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, heart disease and liver disease.  Keep your Spring Break worry free by sticking to your safe number of drinks..

Stay safe and enjoy your vacation! You’ve earned it.

Sources:

CDC – Fact Sheets-Binge Drinking – Alcohol. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/fact-sheets/binge-drinking.htm

Public Safety Office. (2018, August 30). Retrieved from https://publicsafety.ku.edu