Did you know?
Research indicates that around a quarter of all adult drowning victims have alcohol in their bloodstream.
- Don’t enter the water if you have been drinking
- 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, you might fall in
Effects of alcohol on the body
- Alcohol lowers inhibitions, leading to impaired judgment which means you are more likely to take risks and get into trouble
- Alcohol limits muscle ability making simple movements much harder
- Alcohol slows down your reactions making it more difficult to get yourself out of trouble
- Alcohol numbs the senses particularly sight, sound and touch, making swimming very difficult
There were 451 accidental drownings involving alcohol and/or drugs in the United Kingdom from 2013-2017, with an average of 90 per year. This represents 29% of all accidental drownings that occurred in the UK during this period.
There are 4 distinct groups within this data.
- Intoxicated walkers: 255 fatalities. Assumed to be walking home after drinking.
- Intoxicated water users: 153 fatalities. Intentionally engaging with aquatic activity after drinking.
- Intoxicated found in water: 29 fatalities. Insufficient evidence to allocate these individuals to either group.
- Intoxicated land-based transport: 14 fatalities. Driving a vehicle or cycling while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Latest Update : 11 March 2020