Excessive drinking and summer activities don’t mix. Drinking affects physical and mental abilities, decreases inhibitions. This can lead to tragic consequences on the water, on the road, and outdoors. Up to 70% of all water activities related deaths involve the use of alcohol. To learn more about the consequences of alcohol use, contact Drug Treatment Centers Summit at (908) 329-2283.
Alcohol use impairs judgment and increases risk-taking. For swimmers this is a dangerous combo. Drinking alcohol may push swimmers to go farther than they should, and not be able to make it back to shore. They may experience hypothermia (low body temperature). Alcohol gives swimmers the extra confidence that they didn’t have prior to consuming it. Surfers could also take wrong decisions and try to ride a wave beyond their abilities. Even around a pool, drinking too much alcohol can have deadly consequences. Drunk divers may experience disorientation and collide with the diving board, or dive where the water is too shallow.
Alcohol may be involved in 60% of boating fatalities, including falling overboard. Any crew member that had 4 to 5 drinks has a high chance to die on the boat. The chance of dying is 16 times higher than for a non-drinker.
According to the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, alcohol can:
When alcohol intoxication arises, boaters are poorly qualified to find solutions. For passengers, a ride on a boat with consumption of alcohol can lead to slips on deck, falls overboard, or accidents at the dock.
Summer holidays and summer trips on unfamiliar routes puts the lives of all the people in the car at great risk. The heat, the stress, the distraction of children and pets, and hauling a boat or camper may be causes for a car accident. Adding alcohol abuse to the mix can have deadly consequences.
All of the deadly situations can be avoided if people would just say no to alcohol. It is important to stay well hydrated during summer. Having fun in the sun while still being safe is possible.
If you or someone you know has an alcohol problem, call Drug Treatment Centers Summit at (908) 329-2283. Get help before it’s too late!