Sipping, Slipping, & Screwing Up Over Spring Break
Spring break is a time when students from every university and high school in the state take a break from their studies to relax and have fun. Unfortunately, for many spring break can have serious consequences. Each year, thousands of students die, become victims of assault, or suffer serious injuries resulting from excessive alcohol consumption.
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Of primary concern is binge drinking which remains common on college campuses. A study conducted by the American College of Health in 2014 indicated that male students may binge drink up to 18 drinks per day, and female students up to 10 drinks per day during spring break. At these levels, students will find it nearly impossible to maintain their balance as they walk. This makes them prone to slip and fall injuries around swimming pools, patios, etc.
Binge Drinking can have fatal consequences. On average, 599,000 students are injured, and 1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die each year from alcohol-related injuries. Of these, a great many are due to alcohol poisoning which can cause victims to experience severe confusion, seizures, slowed breathing, vomiting, and hypothermia. When these symptoms are present, death is not far away. Moreover, excessive alcohol consumption impairs judgment and can reduce reaction time which makes it more difficult to avoid potential injuries.
Assault Risk Rises
Binge drinking also places students at risk of both physical and sexual assault. It is estimated that excessive alcohol consumption is responsible for more than 690,000 assaults, and 97,000 sexual assaults each year.
Drug Use, Alcohol, & Vehicular Accident Rates
Some students take fun in the sun way too far. When they do, Chicago personal injury lawyers know they put other students and individuals at risk. Each year, nearly 16% of motor vehicle crashes involve illegal drug use or excessive alcohol consumption. In 2014, nearly 1.1 million drivers were arrested for DUI related offenses; however, this was only 1% of the self-reported total of incidents. Many of these occurred during spring break which officially kicks off the “party season.”
Further, DUI rates increase during the spring months. In 2014, the CDC reported that 30% of drivers with BAC levels exceeding .08% were between the ages of 21 and 24. It is not a coincidence that this is the same demographic that has the highest rates of binge drinking.