The great thing about living in a country surrounded by water is that in summer, beaches abound. The downside is that the abundance of beaches comes with risks. The Royal Life Saving Society Australia is dedicated to keeping those risks to a minimum, which brings us to their new campaign ahead of the Australia Day long weekend: “Don’t Let Your Mates Drink And Drown”.
New data reveals that in the last 15 years, 2,760 Australian men over the age of 18 lost their lives by drowning. Of those, 492 were known to involve alcohol. Alcohol-related drownings spike in January, when temperatures are high and waterside parties are common.
Justin Scarr, CEO of Royal Life Saving Australia, says, “We are deeply concerned about the high level of intoxication of men when in and around waterways. A culture of risk-taking behaviour by men around water can be dangerous, and when combined with alcohol, can be fatal.”
With most men who drown after drinking being with others at the time, the campaign urges men to call out their mates when they’re acting recklessly near water. Scarr notes that by doing so, “you will literally save their life”.
To stay safe around water, Royal Life Saving recommends these basic tips:
- Avoid entering the water after drinking alcohol.
- Know your limits.
- Never swim alone.
- Learn how to resuscitate.