The History of Spring Break


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 Coache's Swim'

Forum. 300 swimmers and their respective student

bodies attend. Ft. Lauderdale

1959: 20,000 students showed up 1985: 370,000 students showed up. The

B for spring break now calling mayor publicly stated students

E the city "Fort Liquordale." were no longer welcomi.


R Local bars offered all you could . Alcohol banned on the beaches

drink beer for $1.50. . MTV banned

12 fl oz . 2500 students were arrested

2. Today:

Student Visitors (each year)

Panama City, FL

They have 18,000 hotel rooms


prepared for students.

South Padre Island

During break they average 25 arrests 150,000

a day and collect $80,000 in fines.

Cancun, Mexico 100,000

3. Between Florida and Texas, students spend

$1 billion during break.

+ = $ 1 Billion

Students spend an average of The normal family of four

$1,00 a week. spends less than that on

Transportation and rent account food for an entire month.

for less than half that figure.

4. Recent surveys about spring break given to

college females:

83% 74% 57% 83% 60%

Said there was Said there was Said being Had friends that Had friends

more drinking increased promiscuous drank every who had

during spring sexual activity was a way to night of the unprotected sex

break than on fit in week


5. Alcohol

On average both men and women consumed over 10 alcoholic drinks a day.

Drunk throughout Drank every night

the entire day till they passed out

Men Women Men Women

60% 67% 50% 50% 60%

No No No Yes No

40% 33% 40%

Yes Yes Yes

( Compared to the rest of the year where college students consume only 6 drinks a week )

6. Sex


1/2 of sexual encounters are 1/2 of sexual encounters are

"random" and "unplanned" 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.

The History of Spring Break

shared by maggie on Mar 17, 2011 in Travel


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