A night out can rapidly end in tragedy as alcohol and being near bodies of water can make a lethal combination. A quarter of adult drowning victims have alcohol in their bloodstream.
Alcohol lowers inhibitions and can lead to risk taking behaviour such as skinny dipping. But also it means that judgement can become clouded and if something does happen people don’t necessarily know how to react safety and appropriately.
Many young drinkers simply fall into the water. Parted from their friends they become disorientated, alcohol may mean they are slightly uncoordinated and fall in. The effect of alcohol on the body means if someone falls in they will struggle to help themselves their reactions are slowed and muscle ability limited. With fewer people around at night to see the incident in many cases the persons’ disappearance is often not noticed until the next day.
RLSS – Don’t Drink and Drown
As part of CFOA’s drowning prevention campaign the ‘Don’t Drink and Drown’ message is being reinforced. This campaign is delivered by the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) warns young drinkers to avoid walking near or entering water when under the influence of alcohol.
The drowning prevention charity is launching its national Don’t Drink and Drown campaign on 26 September to 2 October 2016 to warn drinkers, particularly students, to act responsibly near water after they have been drinking. The campaign uses the #Don’tDrinkAndDrown.
Water Safety advice for a night out
- Safety in numbers – try and stay in a group. If the group is split up phone each other and try and meet up. Don’t assume your friend has met up with someone else
- Keep and eye out for friends that have had too much to drink. Keep them close and don’t let them wander off
- Avoid walking near water especially at night when it can be hard to see trip hazards or the waters edge– even if the path is well lit you may be unsteady on your feet
- Make sure you have a taxi number in your phone and keep emergency taxi money at home so you know you can always get yourself and a friend home safety