PORTLAND, Ore. - Contrary to widely held assumptions about the bad behavior of party-loving "spring breakers," a survey of 3,145 college students by RecoveryFirst.org has found that almost half (47%) who are currently on, or planning to go on, spring break this year will not be drinking any alcohol. College students from Wisconsin are almost as likely to stay sober this spring break - 47% say they will be practicing sobriety.
Complaints in recent years by locals in spring break hot spots have certainly not been unwarranted. Last year, spring breakers and tourists alike gathered along Miami’s Ocean Drive, enticed by its comparatively looser COVID restrictions as compared to other holiday destinations. At times, however, the situation got out of hand, with some breaking into public fights, destroying restaurant property and causing danger to those around them. After the Miami Beach Police brought in SWAT teams to disperse crowds, the city decided to order an emergency 8 p.m. curfew at the time.