Don’t Drink and Drown campaign 4-8 December

The RNLI is running a campaign aimed at preventing deaths by drowning.

Don’t Drink and Drown is a national campaign that warns drinkers to steer clear of walking by or entering water when under the influence of alcohol.

Research indicates that around a quarter of all adult drowning victims have alcohol in their bloodstream.

This is their advice:

Stay Safe

  • Don’t enter the water if you have been drinking
  • Alcohol seriously affects your ability to get yourself out of trouble
  • Look out for your friends, make sure they get home safely
  • Don’t walk home near water, you might fall in

 

Effects of alcohol on the body

  • Alcohol lowers inhibitions, leading to impaired judgment which means you are more likely to take risks and get into trouble
  • Alcohol limits muscle ability, making simple movements much harder
  • Alcohol slows down your reactions, making it more difficult to get yourself out of trouble
  • Alcohol numbs the senses, particularly sight, sound and touch, making swimming very difficult

 

For more information about the campaign, and how to get involved, visit their website http://www.rlss.org.uk/about-us/campaigns/dont-drink-drown/ or go onto social media.