Rio Grande Valley (KFXV) — Spring break is here and thousands of students look forward to having a good time with friends at their favorite destinations. Unfortunately, that good time often includes alcohol.
“The message is the same. If you’re under 21, don’t drink. If you’re over 21 and drinking don’t drive,” said Anna Verley with Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), underage consumption of alcohol is not only illegal, it is dangerous. Each year, underage drinking contributes to the death of approximately 4700 teens.
Verley added, “we need to start having those conversations with our children at a very early age, talking to them about the consequences. There’s always the concern of overconsumption, which can lead to death, a bad reaction to alcohol which can lead to illness and or up to death.”
If you are over 21 and will be consuming alcohol – it’s important to know your limitations and drink responsibly during spring break.
“Stay where you are, know where you are, be aware of your surroundings, and never leave your drink unattended,” Verley added.
Nobody wants to eliminate the fun of spring break, but safety should be a priority.
“It is possible to have fun without alcohol, but if you’re going to drink, and you’re over 21, then you need to be responsible in the way that you drink. There’s going to be a lot of people at the beach. There’s going to be a lot of people driving. There’s going to be a lot of people walking, so you need to be careful,” Verley concluded.