For the Love of God, Don't Get Drunk: Five Pro Tips for Surviving Spring Break in Mexico

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For the Love of God, Don't Get Drunk Feel free to enjoy yourself and indulge a little bit, but don't get too crazy. You'll be tempted to drink a lot in Mexico -- beers on the beach, in the street, at dinner, in the hostel, maybe even a michelada or cielo rojo with breakfast to kill your hangover. But getting so drunk that you aren't aware of what's going on, can't remember how you got home, or what you did is a bad idea -- a very, very bad idea. The best way to stay safe is to stay alert and aware of where you are and what's going on around you. So go ahead and have a few, but not so many that you become a sloppy, easy target. Cool?

Avoid the Police Whenever possible. Unfortunately, Mexican police are not always on your side and you should do your best to mind your Ps and Qs so that you don't have a run-in with them. If you have a serious issue, we recommend talking to your hostel or hotel staff or someone you trust about it first, then contacting the nearest embassy for advice on how to proceed if necessary.

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Becky Bartkowski is an award-winning journalist and the arts and music editor at New Times, where she writes about art, fashion, and pop culture.
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