If you have been drinking, make sure you avoid walking by or entering water
‘Don’t Drink and Drown’ is a nationwide campaign launched by the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), the Drowning Prevention Charity. The aim of the campaign is to warn drinkers of the dangers of walking by or entering water when under the influence of alcohol.
During 2012 and 2016, 366 accidental drownings involved alcohol and/or drugs were reported in the United Kingdom – that’s 73 people a year! In total, 45% of the people involved were aged between 17 and 29 years old and 45% were assumed to be walking home after drinking.
Through their #DontDrinkandDrown campaign, the RLSS UK are urging people to think twice about mixing alcohol and being around water.
Your inhibitions are lowered when you have been drinking, leading to impaired judgements and taking more risks. Alcohol also slows down your reactions, limits muscle ability and numbs the senses, which makes it more difficult to get yourself out of trouble.
The charity offers advice to staying safe:
· Don’t enter the water if you have been drinking
· Alcohol seriously affects your inhibitions and slows down your reactions
· Look out for your friends, make sure they get home safely
· Don’t walk home near water as you might fall in
For more information about water safety, visit: https://rlss.org.uk/