Spring Break - March 2008
March - Safe Celebrating on St. Patrick's Day and Spring Break
This newsletter is dedicated to an enjoyable March. Whether it be celebrating St. Patrick's day, Spring Break, or getting a little sun on our warmer days, it is important to safely enjoy yourself. Here are some simple steps to take to keep yourself safe while out having fun.
We cannot discuss St. Patrick's Day nor can we discuss Spring Break without talking about alcohol. If you are of legal drinking age, it is important to think before you drink.......
Don't drink too much....
Statistics to make you think before you take another drink.....
Death: 1,700 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die each year from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor vehicle crashes.
Injury: 599,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 each year are unintentionally injured under the influence of alcohol.
Assault: More then 696,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 each year are assaulted by another student who has been drinking.
Sexual Abuse: More than 97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 each year are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape.
Decide in advance what and how much you will drink.....
Most people don't know what counts as a standard drink, and therefore, don't realize how many standard drinks are in the containers in which these drinks are sold.
For beer, the approximate number of standard drinks in
12 oz can/bottle of beer = 1 standard drink 16 oz can/bottle of beer = 1.3 standard drinks 22 oz can/bottle of beer = 2 standard drinks 40 oz can/bottle of beer = 3.3 standard drinks
For malt liquor, the approximate number of standard drinks in12 oz malt liquor = 1.5 standard drinks 16 oz malt liquor = 2 standard drinks 22 oz malt liquor = 2.5 standard drinks 40 oz malt liquor = 4.5 standard drinks
For table wine, the approximate number of standard drinks inA standard 750 ml (25 oz) bottle of wine = 5 standard drinks
For 80-proof spirits or "hard liquor", the approximate number of standard drinks ina mixed drink = 1 or more standard drinks a fifth (25 oz) = 17 standard drinks a pint (16oz) = 11 standard drinks 1.75 L (59 oz) = 39 standard drinks
Know what can happen to you if you drink too much.......
Past the point of possible no return......
Excessive drinking can be hazardous to everyone's health!!! Some people laugh at the behavior of others who are drunk. Some think that it's even funnier when they pass out. As you are laughing about the drunk who has passed out in the corner, there a couple of things that you should know.
It is common for someone who has indulged in an excessive amount of alcohol to vomit since the alcohol is an irritant. Alcohol depresses nerves that control involuntary actions such as breathing and the ability to gag (which prevent choking). Typically, one of the biggest concerns when someone vomits, and is unable to control their gag reflex to prevent choking, is aspiration of the vomit. When vomit is aspirated, the lungs are flooded with foul material which blocks the ability for oxygen to get in and out. If not treated, this could eventually lead to death . If a member of your group become intoxicated, never leave them alone. If they pass out, make sure they sleep on their side to prevent choking, and if their level of consciousness is too low to get a response, call 911.
Common myths about sobering up include drinking black coffee, taking a cold bath or sleeping it off or walking it off. These are just myths. The only thing that reduces the affects of alcohol in your system is TIME. And time is something that you do not have enough of when you are suffering from alcohol poisoning.
Signs of Alcohol Poisoning-Mental confusion, stupor, coma, or person cannot be roused. -Vomiting -Seizures -Slow breathing (fewer than eight breaths per minute). -Irregular breathing (10 seconds or more between breaths). -Hypothermia (low body temperature), bluish skin color, paleness. Don't be afraid to seek medical help for a friend who has been drinking. In the long run, you could be saving their life.
SUN, SAND, & SURF
That new bathing suit has you bearing more skin than ever and it is easy to spend hours partying with friends on the warm sand. Before it's too late, you need to know that too much sun can not only damage and dry our skin over time, it can cause a nasty sunburn and possibly lead to skin cancer in your later years. Prevention is important. Here are some things that you can do:
Avoid sun exposure during the hottest hours of the sun's rays.
Protection from sun exposure is important all year round, not just during the summer months or while at the beach. The hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. are the most hazardous for UV exposure. This is just as important on cloudy and hazy days as on bright and sunny ones. It is important to protect your skin.
Avoid over exposure - limit your time in the sun
Ultraviolet (UV) rays are a part of sunlight that is an invisible form of radiation. UV rays can penetrate and change the structure of skin cells. Although getting some sun exposure can yield a few positive health benefits, excessive and unprotected exposure to the sun can result in premature aging and undesirable changes in skin texture.
Sun exposure has a cumulative effect over one's lifetime. It is now thought that many skin cancers actually start from sun exposure or sun tanning in the teenage years. The dark suntan that you enjoy now can actually contribute to your getting skin cancer in your later years.
Apply sunscreen with SPF (Sun Protection Factor)
Sunscreens come in a variety of forms such as lotions, gels, and sprays. Some are for specific purposes, such as the scalp, sensitive skin, and for use on babies. But the important take home should be that regardless of the type of sunscreen you choose, be sure that you use one that blocks both UVA and UVB rays and that it offers at least SPF 15. Pay special attention to the face, nose, ears and shoulders. Reapply sunscreen after swimming and sweating.
Wear sunglasses with UV (Ultraviolet) Protection
Oh, and don't forget your sunglasses. Sunglasses protect your eyes from UV rays and reduce the risk of cataracts. They also protect the tender skin around your eyes from sun exposure. The standard sunglasses that protect against UVA and UVB rays offer the best protection.
Drink plenty of fluids
It is important to keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water, non-carbonated and non-alcoholic drinks, even if you do not feel thirsty.