Australians are being reminded to be responsible when drinking this summer especially given the mix of holidays, celebrations, hot weather and in many cases the beach, pool or some other body of water.
While Australia’s alcohol consumption rates are declining, especially among the youth, older Australians are continuing to drink at high levels and put themselves at risk.
We all know the immediate dangers of drinking too much, alcohol poisoning, risky behaviour etc. but what about the long term effects and risk of injuries.
Cancer and heart disease are just 2 of the diseases linked to alcohol and particularly in Australia alcohol has been linked to drowning deaths.
According to statistics around 40% of drownings in Australia can be linked to alcohol as we continue to mix alcohol and swimming.