Safe Spring Break
- Remember to wear sunscreen.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Wear sunglasses that filter UVA and UVB rays.
- Protect your lips with sun block, using a minimum Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15.
- Hot tips for summer sun worshippers.
- Don't forget your prescriptions.
- Make sure you have enough of your prescriptions to last for the duration of your trip.
- For more information visit the Pharmacy.
- Educate yourself on diseases and general health problems that may be common at your destination. Find out what preventive measures you can take now to ensure a healthy adventure.
- Get any CDC recommended immunizations.
- For more information visit the Travel Medicine Clinic and www.cdc.gov/travel.
Drive Safely...Stay Awake!
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, falling asleep while driving is responsible for at least 100,000 car accidents each year. They also found that drivers under 30 accounted for almost two-thirds of these accidents. If you are planning a road trip, take these precautions, recommended by the National Sleep Foundation to prevent a drowsy driving accident.
- Get a good night's sleep.
- Between 7 and 9 hours.
- Plan to drive long trips with a companion.
- Passengers can look for signs of sleepiness and switch drivers when needed.
- Schedule regular stops.
- About one every 100 miles or 2 hours.
- Avoid alcohol and medications that will impair driving.
- Recognize signs of fatigue.
- Drifting from your lane, hitting rumble strips, difficulty focusing or keeping eyes open, missing road signs.
- Taking a brief nap (15-45 min.) can help restore alertness.
- Turning up the radio and rolling down windows do NOT help to keep you awake. Sleep is the only cure for drowsiness.
Healthy Sexual Decision Making
Before having sex with someone, ask yourself the following questions to be sure you're making the right choices for you.
- Am I following my personal beliefs and values?
- Do we both want the same thing (casual sex, relationship, etc.)?
- How will I feel about this tomorrow?
- Am I letting alcohol, drug use, self-esteem, or peer pressure affect my decision?
- Have my partner and I talked about possible consequences, such as STIs and pregnancy?
- Do I know how to use condoms or other STI protection?
- Is this consensual sex?
- For more information visit the Sex and Alcohol, Contraception, and STIs pages.
Protect Yourself Against Sexual Violence
- Know and communicate your sexual limits.
- Trust your intuition and avoid situations that don't feel safe.
- Stay with friends and watch out for one another.
- Be aware of predatory drugs.
- Never leave your drink, alcoholic or non-alcoholic, unattended.
- If you go out after dark, go with a friend. Stay in well-lighted, populated areas.
- If possible carry a cellular phone, and keep it charged. Don't hesitate to call 911 if you think you are in danger.
- For more information see the Sexual Health page Protecting Yourself.
Some suggestions for drinkers who want to avoid health problems:
- Say, "No thank you," if you do not want to drink. If you would feel more comfortable with something in your hand, you can drink a nonalcoholic beverage.
- Count the number of drinks you consume and "pace" your drinks. The average liver can process approximately one drink (1/2 ounce of pure alcohol) per hour.
- Avoid drinking on an empty stomach. Food slows down the absorption of alcohol.
- Avoid drinking games, doing shots, and "funneling." These promote abuse of alcohol as well as abuse of one's body. Most alcohol related deaths occur after individuals have consumed alcohol at a fast rate.
- Stop drinking well before the end of a social event in order to allow time for your body to metabolize the alcohol you have consumed. Hot coffee and cold showers will do nothing to make an intoxicated person sober.
- Alcohol mixed with other drugs, prescription and nonprescription, can be extremely hazardous and in some cases lethal. Consult a qualified professional if you have specific questions about this.
- Never drink and drive or ride with an impaired driver.
For the immediate care of an intoxicated person:
- Stay calm. Assess the situation.
- DO NOT let your anxiety transfer to the individual in trouble.
- Keep your distance. Before approaching or touching the person, explain what you intend to do.
- DO NOT try to walk, run, exercise the drunk person, or try to keep the person awake; DO NOT permit the person to drive.
- Speak in a clear, firm, reassuring manner.
- DO NOT administer anything orally - food, liquid or drug - to sober the person up. THE ONLY THING THAT WILL SOBER A DRUNK PERSON IS TIME.
- Keep the person still and comfortable.
- DO NOT give the person a cold shower. The shock may cause him/her to pass out and sustain an injury.
- Stay with the intoxicated person who is vomiting. Lay the person on his/her side. KEEP THE PERSON FROM SWALLOWING VOMIT.
- DO NOT attempt to constrain the person without sober assistance.
- Monitor the person's breathing. If they are breathing less than ten breathes per minute, DO NOT LEAVE THEM.
- DO NOT laugh, ridicule, provoke, anger, or threaten the individual.
- For more information visit the Health Center's Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs pages: Warning Signals: How much is too much?, Alcohol-related Emergencies, 0-1-3 Guideline, and Impairment and Tolerance.