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 in
12 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 in
A standard 750 ml (25 oz) bottle of wine = 5 standard drinks
For 80-proof spirits or "hard liquor", the approximate number of standard drinks in
a 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
Signs of Alcohol Poisoning
-Mental confusion, stupor, coma, or person cannot be roused.
-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.