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PEEP Advice on Spring Break


Spring break is almost here! Between juggling classes, midterms, jobs, and extra-curriculars, it’s easy to anticipate some down time. This is a time to rejuvenate and have fun but whether you’re travelling or relaxing at home, here are some tips to keep in mind:

1.       Don’t overdo the drinking – According to a University of Wisconsin study, 75% of college males and 43% of college females report being intoxicated on a daily basis! If you choose to drink, make sure you drink plenty of water, have some food in your stomach, and are with a group of people you trust. If you need any help determining your limit, check out the Blood Alcohol Content cards on the CHEW website (http://www.jhu.edu/health/JHUBACCards.pdf ) and stay in the blue zone for a good time minus the hangover!

2.       Don’t ditch the sunscreen – Just because you want to tan doesn’t mean you should burn. Remember to pack some sunscreen with at least SPF 15 and reapply it often to avoid spending part of your spring break lobster-red and in pain.

3.       Set aside time for you – Between hanging out with old friends, meeting new ones, and finding different activities to do, it can feel like kind of a whirlwind. This break is about unwinding from all the work you’ve done so try to set aside some time for yourself. Exercise, stay in and watch a movie, browse Pinterest all day – whatever you want to do, do it!

4.       Always travel in groups – When going out, make sure you show up and leave with the same group of people you came with. Have a good time but always keep an eye out for each other to make sure everybody is enjoying themselves safely.

5.       Bring protection – If you choose to engage in sexual activity over break, make sure you still use the same kind of protection you’re accustomed to using. If you feel like you’re not sober enough to make a decision to have sex or not, stay with a friend and consider going somewhere else. Remember – an intoxicated ‘yes’ does NOT count as consent. If you feel like you need any last minute protection, stop by Student Health and Wellness or the CHEW Office to pick some up for free!

The best Spring break is always a safe one so be sure to plan ahead for the activities you do to make sure you have the best Spring break possible! J