NDSU gives safety tips for student spring breakersFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Spring Break is just a few short days away for NDSU students. With that in mind administrators are doing what they can to make sure the students come back from the break in one piece and with no regrets.
By: Danielle Miller, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Spring Break is just a few short days away for NDSU students. With that in mind administrators are doing what they can to make sure the students come back from the break in one piece and with no regrets.
We have all seen it: The loud, out of control, alcohol induced partying that happens on spring break.
Health Promotion Specialist Anne Bodensteiner and other administration warned students about the S's of Spring Break: Sex, Sun, Strangers, and Shots.
Anne Bodensteiner, Health Promotion Specialist: “I think sometimes we tend to forget, or we maybe forgot a piece of this information, and now I'm going to bring it back in and I'm going to remember it for next time, or maybe you hear it in a different way and it actually clicks and makes more sense to you or you are at a different point in your life and the information is going to hold a little more water than it did before.”
Alcohol was the main topic of discussion. In some of the top Spring Break hot spots Panama City and Daytona, Florida the average male drank 18 drinks per day, a female drank 10 and about half drank until they got sick or passed out.
While this session did talk about some of the main dangers of Spring Break, instructors also wanted to talk about another element that is often forgotten about that can be deadly.
Bodensteiner: “Burns you know if you have five sunburns it doubles your risk for getting skin cancer and that's a big deal especially for fair skin people. They burn a lot more easily.”
Although NDSU senior Quinn Benson will be laying low in Fargo over the break, he says he'll use the things he learned for future trips.
Quinn Benson, NDSU Senior: “I just liked all of the different safety measures that they had dealing with the alcohol, sun, and then also traveling. I guess a lot of the things the cop talked about with safety and traveling I wouldn't have thought about like getting emergency contacts for the people you are with.”
So whether students are planning to stick around in the cold or head to the tropics, they now have the tools to play it safe.
With the success of this session, administrators say they'd like to hold one every year.