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:
- 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.