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Kicking back by the water over a few drinks with your mates seems like the ideal way to wind down over the Easter long weekend. But in the last decade, more than 500 men have died doing just this.
Alcohol and water don’t mix. A few drinks by the water may not seem like a big deal, but alcohol contributes to at least 20 per cent of all adult drowning deaths, every year. For those in the 15-29 age range, this increases to a whopping 31 per cent . These figures don’t even take into account the numerous injuries and near-death incidents that occur every year from intoxication.
As most people know (many from experience) alcohol can impair judgment and remove inhibitions, leading to poor decision-making. This can make you more likely to take risks – even life-threatening ones.
There are a few simple things you can do to make the long weekend enjoyable and safe for everyone
- Never go alone
- Wear a lifejacket whenever you’re on the water – boating, kayaking or paddleboarding
- Make sure your mates steer clear of the boat and avoid swimming after they’ve had a few
- Watch out for your mates. Don’t let anyone hang out alone by the water, especially if they’ve been drinking
- Make sure you or someone in your group knows CPR or first aid
- Be prepared – tell someone where you’re going, take appropriate supplies, check weather conditions
Drinking by the water may seem like harmless fun, but no good time is worth no more good times.