A summer safety campaign aims to stop drunk drownings which spike over the warmer seasons in Australia.
Data from the Royal Life Saving Society shows that 2760 men lost their lives due to drowning over the past 15 years between 1 July 2003 and 30 June 2018, and 18 per cent of those deaths were linked to alcohol. In 42 per cent of cases the blood alcohol content was not known, so this number could have been even higher.
Remember while you’re out enjoying the beach or the swimming pool, or any other water sports, avoid drinking alcohol, that’s the message from Royal Life Saving Society.
The campaign ‘Don’t Let Your Mates Drink and Drown’ is the campaign reminding men of the serious issue surrounding drinking alcohol near water.
Alcohol impairs judgement and delays reaction time of drinkers, it also reduces coordination increasing the risk of drowning.
Of the males who drowned while under the influence of alcohol, they had a blood alcohol level on average 3 times the legal driving limit. For more visit https://www.nambuccaguardian.com.au/story/5861043/over-the-limit-and-under-the-water-when-fun-turns-fatal/