Avoid Alcohol

Drink by the pool

The Swimming Pool and Spa Program recommends avoiding alcohol whenever swimming or boating. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, alcohol use is involved in up to 70% of deaths associated with water recreation. Alcohol influences balance, coordination, and judgment and its effects are heightened by sun exposure, wind, wave action, sun glare, and heat.

Some people have drowned in shallow water when they lost their balance and were unable to stand up after consuming alcohol. Individuals may also take risks, such as diving into shallow water, which he or she may not normally take. Alcohol can also reduce swimming skills, even those of an excellent swimmer.

Always Remember:

  • Alcohol depresses central nervous system processing and impairs balance and coordination.
  • Alcohol lowers inhibitions and judgment and can lead to risky behaviors.
  • Alcohol can dilate blood vessels increasing the risk of hyperthermia.
  • Alcohol can contribute to fatigue or loss of consciousness.
  • Alcohol reduces attention span and the effective supervision of children in and around water.