Summertime: it’s all about BBQs, ice cream and music festivals. But perhaps the activity we most love is hitting the water and having fun, whether that’s swimming, fishing, or boating.
There is, however, a serious side to it. This past year alone (1 July 2017 – 30 June 2018), 61 people drowned in Australian rivers, creeks and streams.
Of those 61, a staggering 56% were under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
There’s nothing wrong with sipping an ice-cold beer on a smoking hot day, but when that’s mixed with water play it’s another story.
Often drinking leads to an increase in risk-taking behaviour, impaired judgment and reduced coordination.
Mix this with dangerous, varying and unknown currents, undertows, sandbanks and submerged objects such as branches and rocks, and you’re left with a far deadlier cocktail than anything that could be served in a hurricane glass.
Men account for a staggering 80% of drowning deaths in rivers, creeks, and streams, with 25-34 year olds accounting for the highest proportion of these deaths. Despite what many people assume, locals, not tourists, are more likely to drown in inland waterways.
These alarming statistics are why the Royal Life Saving Society are driving a national campaign around the country to encourage Australians to look out for their mates around water.
Don’t be the friend who bites their tongue when they see a potentially dangerous situation involving alcohol or drugs this summer. The message from Royal Life Saving is simple: Don’t let your mates drink and drown.
Do the right thing. Don’t Let Your Mates Drink and Drown. #LeaveYourBoozeOnTheBank #LookOutForYourMates