Ahead of the August Bank Holiday Weekend, Irish Water Safety (IWS) has issued a warning about the dangers of consuming alcohol and swimming in open waters and highlight that alcohol is a factor in one-third of all adult deaths from drowning. According to IWS, August is the most popular month for outdoor swimming and they are appealing to the public to reduce the risk of drowning by swimming at Lifeguarded waterways and within your depth. If you decide to drink alcohol this bank holiday weekend, here are three things to keep in mind.
Our new research showed that less than 3% of Irish adults can correctly identify the HSE low-risk guidelines for alcohol consumption. Drinking above these guidelines can increase your risk damage to your health. Keep track and always stick to the low-risk guidelines for alcohol consumption. Remember, these are guidelines - not a target.
Alcohol affects your perception of danger, making you more likely to take unnecessary risks. Alcohol also impairs your balance and coordination - all essential for swimming and boating and avoiding hazards in the water. IWS warn that drownings can occur very quickly and silently, so swimming in quiet isolated area can be risky.
Never swim if you have consumed alcohol and be vigilant around open waters.
According to the Road Safety Authority, the latest statistics from An Garda Síochána show that arrests for driving under the influence are up 18% to 4,450 from 3,787 in 2016. Each month so far this year has seen more arrests than the same month last year, with April (901) and May (801) of 2017 showing the highest arrest levels for at least three years.
The time of your last drink at night will affect when it is safe for you to drive the following day so there could still be alcohol in your system the morning after drinking. It takes your body one hour to process one standard drink and there’s no quick fix. Nothing you can do will help to remove alcohol from your body any quicker, only time.
This weekend, plan ahead and arrange an alternative way to travel the following day. Never EVER drink and drive.