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 or go onto social media.