Spring break's around the corner, which for thousands of college students means days of free time and non-stop partying. A poll conducted by the American Medical Association highlights another concern, that on the Internet alone, hundreds of companies are marketing drinking and sex laden spring break destinations aimed at college students.
"Things like booze cruises, like all day drinking parties, like free drinks. We have students die every year during a spring break because of the effects of alcohol," says Dr. Edward Hill of American Medical Association Chair-Elect.
As a result, Dr. Hill and others with the A.M.A are encouraging parents to put the brakes on spring break trips that are marketed by tour companies that promote alcohol and sex, especially destinations like Mexico, for example, where the drinking age is 18, instead of 21. It's all part of the A.M.A.'s program called A Matter of Degree, an effort to curb the hazardous lifestyles that may attract students who are for the first time off on their own.
The A.M.A. suggests if your college student takes a spring break trip, give them a pre-paid calling card so it will be easy for him or her to reach you in an emergency.