Over half of Utah college students planning to stay sober for spring break

Mar 17, 2022, 2:03 PM | Updated: Mar 18, 2022, 4:21 pm
Students on spring break...
Spring Break revelers enjoy a foam party at a nightclub in the resort city of Cancun, Mexico, Monday, March 4, 2013. (AP Photo Israel Leal)
(AP Photo Israel Leal)

SALT LAKE CITY– A study surveying thousands of college students found that almost half would not drink during spring break. The percentage of students practicing sobriety was higher for students from Utah.

Recovery First, an American Addiction Center, surveyed 3,145 college students on their plans to consume alcohol over spring break. 54% of surveyed Utah students said they would have a sober holiday.

The survey explored students’ plans from every U.S. state. New Hampshire had the lowest percentage of respondents saying they would be sober at 15%. Delaware and Arkansas had the highest, with 67% of respondents saying they would practice sobriety. 

The survey also found that respondents who drink said they drink an average of three out of six days on vacation. 

A quarter of surveyed students said they felt pressured to drink during past spring break vacations. Recovery First advised that setting limitations could help students maintain their health and wellbeing during their breaks.

The survey also found that 73% of respondents said they would avoid popular spring break destinations this year.

Over a third of respondents said they would avoid Miami during spring break.  Students also said they’d avoid other Florida spots like Daytona and Panama City beaches. Students included foreign spots like Cancun and Cabo San Lucas as places to avoid.

Spring breakers were the subject of criticism in 2020, as vacation goers continued to party despite the outbreak of COVID-19.

Recovery First noted those situations exemplify the stereotype of spring break. It pointed out that the survey results indicate that the stereotype is not a true depiction of all students.

The full infographic for the survey results can be found on Recovery First’s website



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