Research indicates that roughly one in four adult victims of drowning have alcohol in their bloodstream. And it is at Christmas time, with its office parties and general merriment, that people can be most at risk. In the West of England, where the little guys are based, several young people have drowned tragically in recent years. Including one in Portishead Marina, just yards from the lifeboat station.
Because of this, the little guys are delighted to support the Royal Life Saving Society‘s ‘Don’t drink and drown’ campaign.
The campaign, which runs from 4th to 10th December, warns drinkers to steer clear of walking by or entering water when under the influence of alcohol.
Here are some of the RLSS’s top tips to stay safe this Christmas:
- Don’t enter the water if you have been drinking
- Remember that alcohol seriously affects your ability to get yourself out of trouble
- Look out for your friends – make sure they get home safely
- Don’t walk home near water, because you might fall in
Alcohol lowers inhibitions, leading to impaired judgment, which means you are more likely to take risks and get into trouble. It also slows down your reactions, numbs your senses and makes simple movements much harder.
So just because you can drink like a fish, it doesn’t mean that you can swim like one. And if you do get into trouble, you may not be able to get yourself out of it. Falling into cold water, especially in the dark, could mean that a great night out ends in a tragic, terrifying and lonely death.
To find our how you can support the RLSS’s ‘Don’t drink and drown’ campaign, and potentially help to save a life, go to their special campaign website. And if you go out for a drink this Christmas, please stay away from the water.