Alcohol and water don’t mix.
Last night two young men tragically lost their lives when they attempted to swim across a Melbourne lake, after a night of drinking with mates.
This figure is even higher for people aged 15-29, with 41 per cent of all drowning deaths in this age group attributed to intoxication.
However, the overall figure is likely to be even higher as blood alcohol levels are not always tested when someone drowns.
Drinking before swimming is always a dangerous choice because the alcohol distorts your perception of risk and your own abilities.
It impairs your judgement and increases your risk taking behaviour. Alcohol removes your inhibitions and you start taking bigger risks and making the kind of life threatening choices that you would normally avoid.
Drinking numbs the senses – especially your sight, sound and touch. This leads to unsteadiness and increases your inability to climb or swim or get yourself out of trouble.