Don’t Drink and Swim! 31% of All Drowning Deaths Involve Drunk People

You hear “don’t drink and drive” a lot.  But here’s an important tip for summer:  Don’t drink and SWIM.

According to the CDC, 31% of all drowning deaths involve a blood alcohol level of 0.10 or higher.  That’s the equivalent of just three or four drinks.

Drinking impairs your judgement and makes you more likely to take risks.  So it’s especially dangerous at the beach where there’s a current or riptide.  But it can cause unwise decisions around the pool too, like diving where it’s too shallow.

Be careful on boats as well.  27% of deaths involving boats and jet skis also involve a blood alcohol level of 0.10 or higher.

Obviously operating a boat while drunk is a big no-no too.  You’re 14 times more likely to be killed in a boating accident if the person behind the wheel is over the legal limit.

(National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism)

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