Safer Spring Break-University Health Services - Carnegie Mellon University

Monday, March 3, 2014

Safer Spring Break

Travel Medication - Good news for anyone traveling this Spring Break, anti-malarial medication can be order through University Health Services! It's super easy too, just log on to Health Connect and simply send a message to order the medication. Don't forget to check out the CDC for more information about required and recommended vaccinations.

Safer Drinking Strategies - The lack of classes during Spring Break often gives students additional opportunities to drink. Here are a few strategies to keep in mind:

                     1. Hydration! Drink plenty of water before, during, and after drinking alcoholic beverages.
                     Staying hydrated will help pace and space while decreasing chances of negative side effects.
                     2. Stick to low-risk drinking limits: 3 for women and 4 for men per day.
                     3. Don't mix alcohol with other substances such as, caffeine, marijuana or medication.

Sunscreen - Whether you are headed someplace warm or sticking it out in the frigid temperatures, the sun will still be beating and can potentially lead to a nasty burn. Apply and re-apply sunscreen to all areas, even those you think will only get "a little bit" of sun.

Stress Relief - Some of your time during this break can certainly be used to catch up or get ahead on school work. However, keep in mind that it is called Spring BREAK. Set time aside for sleep, socialization, and quiet relaxation.