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Spring Break Health and Safety Tips

  1. Drink water, especially if drinking alcohol. Aim for 64 oz., or about 8 glasses per day.

  2. Use sunscreen. Don't get stuck with a painful sunburn! Apply sunscreen often, especially after being in water, exercising, or sweating heavily. Apply 15 minutes before you go outside, and reapply every two hours.

  3. Know Your Line. Stay within your limits when drinking to reduce the chance of injury, unprotected sex, or getting separated from friends. Alternate water between alcoholic drinks, and eat before starting to drink or going out.

  4. Make the call. Call 911 if someone needs help because of alcohol poisoning. Student Amnesty for Alcohol Emergencies allows current UT students to avoid formal University disciplinary action when they call for help for an alcohol-related medical emergency.

  5. Don't accept drinks from someone you don't know, and never leave your drink unattended.

  6. Don't drink and drive. Bookmark this mobile RideFinder site that uses geo-location technology to make finding a sober ride easy, no matter your spring break location.

  7. Use a condom every time you have sex. Keep in mind that people are less likely to use a condom if intoxicated. If you choose to have sex, use condoms and dental dams to lower your chances of pregnancy and STIs. Remember that consent to sexual activity is an enthusiastic, mutual agreement.

  8. Be informed about emergency contraception.

  9. More than 80% of sexual assaults are committed by someone the survivor knows.

  10. When traveling, remember to pack your health insurance card and allergy bracelets.