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Experts Warn Dangers Of Spring Break And Drinking

Family and friends gathered in Potterville Friday for a candle light vigil to remember Kyle Lamb.

According to Panama City Beach Police, the Potterville high school graduate died early Thursday morning while vacationing in Florida.

Deputies found him unresponsive at a local campground and believe alcohol was a factor.

For many college students, it's a time to unwind and take a break from the books.

"It's kind of a right for most college students," said MSU Chief Psychiatrist Dr. Leigh White.

But Michigan State psychiatrist Dr. Leigh White says spring break often leads to young adults giving in to the pressures of alcohol and binge drinking.

"When college students vacation with their friends, during spring break their alcohol use can go up dramatically," Dr. White said.

A serious concern that can been seen in studies, all across the country.

Dr. White cites one from a Florida resort center, which puts the average number of drinks consumed in a day as high as 17 for men and 10 for women during spring break.

"More concerning, 50 percent of the men reported that they had gotten sick or passed out," Dr. White said.

It's an issue that Michigan State University has been focusing more on in the last five years.

"They have things that go on cafeteria tables, they have things on the website, they have posters," Dr. White said.

Efforts to help inform students of the dangers associated with going beyond their limits.

"I think we have to go at this from a lot of different fronts, it's a public health issue," Dr. Whit said.

And Dr. White hopes with more education students can learn prevention and safety early, before it's too late.

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