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Drinking and water safety

Don’t Drink and Drown

Statistics show that Saturday nights have a higher number of drownings than any other night of the week. Many drowning victims are under the influence of alcohol. Alcohol reduces inhibitions and can mean you take more risks.

  • If you’ve been drinking stay out of water.
  • Open water can become very cold just a few feet under the surface and can cause cramps or Cold Water Shock.
  • Alcohol will impair judgement and control.
  • It’s likely to be dark and night time so fewer people to see you in distress.
  • Stay with your group and don't wander off if you become separated.
  • Keep an eye on any friends who are worse for wear and make sure you help them home.
  • Avoid walking near water even if the path is lit, you may not realise how unsteady on your feet you are.
  • In the dark you may not see trip hazards of even the water's edge.
  • If you fall in after drinking your chances of being able get out of the water are decreased as alcohol impairs even simple movements.
  • Make sure you store a taxi number in your phone and some emergency money at home so you can pay.  If the money is at home you can't lose it or accidentally spend it.