Spring break remains the college "party-down" tradition in the United States. It has become one of the pillars of college movies, shows and other media. Everyone knows spring break is fueled year by year by sex and
alcohol. Here is some information you may not have known.
- #1 Short history of the tradition:
1938: Ft.Lauderdale hosts the College Coaches' Swim Forum. 300 swimmers and their respective student bodies attend.
1959: 20.000 students showed up for spring break now calling the city "Fort Liquordale". Local bars offered all you could drink for $1.50.
1985: 370.000 students showed up. The major publicly stated students were no longer welcome. Alcohol banned on the beaches, MTV banned, 2500 students were arrested.
- #2 Today:
Panama City, FL. They have 18.000 hotel rooms prepared for students (500.000 student visitors each year).
South Padre Island. During break they average 25 arrest a day and collect $80.000 in fines (150.000 student visitors each year).
Cancun, Mexico (100.000 student visitors each year)
- #3 Between Florida and Texas, students spend $1 billion during break.
Students spend an average of $1.100 a week. Transportation and rent account for less than half that figure.
The normal family of four spends less than that on food for an entire month.
- #4 Recent surveys about spring break given to college females:
83% said there was more drinking during spring break than on campus.
74% said there was promiscuous was a way to fit in.
83% had friends that drank every night of the week.
60% had friends who had unprotected sex.
- #5 Alcohol. On average both men and women consumed over 10 alcoholic drinks a day.
Drunk throughout the entire day: men (60% - no, 40% - yes); women (67% - no, 33% - yes).
Drank every night till they passed out: men (50% - no, 50% - yes); women (60% - no, 40% - yes).
Compared to the rest of the year where college students consume only 6 drinks a week.
- #6 Sex. 1/2 of sexual encounter are "random" and "unplanned", 1/2 of sexual encounters are unprotected.
Back on campus, studies show 80% of students only have sex once or zero times per year.
- #7 60% of students had a run-in with a police officer.
1.300 are arrested just in Panama City Beach.
2.600 are arrested abroad.
60% were injured, often self inflicted.
Every year a small number of students die from falling off balconies.
Sources: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,810974,00.html; http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1888317,00.html;
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02/springbreak.shtml; http://www.interoz.com/springbreak/information.php; http://www.alcoholpolicymd.com/press_room/Media_kits/sb_fact_sheet.htm; http://www.twentysomething.com/smdemspr.htm;
http://www.umanitoba.ca/student/housing/studentlife/pdf/ASB_2010_EL_Salvador_Application.pdf; http://www.has.uwo.cs/housing/rlmt/asb; http://www.wjhg.com/home/hedlines/41654662.html;
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29681240/ns/business-consumer_news; http://www.alcohol010lus.org/downloads/CollegeStudents.pdf; http://www.goaskalice.columbia.edu/2095.html;