Safe Spring Break


The time you have been waiting for all semester has finally come: Spring Break! Take this time to de-stress and have some fun while taking a break from your classes, you deserve it!

While you should enjoy your break, you should also remember to do it safely! Spring break is a time where many students are at high-risk from drug and alcohol use. Be sure to know the dangers that come with mixing substances.

Prescriptions and alcohol can make you nauseous, increase blood pressure, bring memory loss, internal bleeding, cardiac arrest, overdose, and even death. Sedatives and alcohol can also be dangerous, both act as depressants and slow your heart rate down to deadly levels. While stimulants mixed with alcohol increase your heart rate to dangerous levels and can result in internal bleeding, organ damage, and seizures. The most dangerous combination is opioids and alcohol which can lead to things like brain damage and death by overdose. Mixing alcohol and prescription drugs can put you at risk for dangerous reactions. Protect yourself by avoiding alcohol if you are taking a medication and don’t know its effect. To learn more about a medicine and whether it will interact with alcohol, talk to your health care provider or pharmacist.

The dangers of mixing alcohol and prescription drugs can be severe. This spring break make sure you are aware of the risks and look out for others as well. Spring break should be full of fun and adventure but making a conscious effort to stay safe could potentially save your life. Stay safe this spring break!

Resource: https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/brochures-and-fact-sheets/harmful-interactions-mixing-alcohol-with-medicines

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