Ahead of the Sea Sessions surf and music festival this weekend, drinkaware.ie is reminding those attending that alcohol and swimming don’t mix.
Alcohol consumption is a contributory factor in nearly a third of all drowning in Ireland each year. Alcohol slows down people’s reaction time, impacts their coordination, and affects their perception of distance and direction. When it comes to water-sports, this can be an extremely dangerous combination.
Fionnuala Sheehan, Chief Executive of drinkaware.ie, said, “Thousands will be heading to Sea Sessions this weekend for the music, surf and great array of fun activities. For those choosing to drink alcohol, it’s really important for people to know what a standard drink is, and how long it takes for it to leave your body. This isn’t a message just for when you’re getting behind the wheel of a car; it’s equally dangerous to get involved in water-based activities like surfing, sailing, jet-skiing, or swimming if you’ve got any alcohol in your system—even from the night before.”
“There is approximately one standard drink in a glass—not a pint—of beer, lager, or cider; a small glass of wine; or a single pub-measure of spirits. On average, it takes about an hour for the body to process a standard drink. If you’ve had a few drinks and plan to go out on or into the water, then we would encourage you to do the maths and hold off until the alcohol is gone from your system.”
“We’re also encouraging those who want to get the most out of the many sports activities on offer in Bundoran this weekend to pace themselves” explained Ms. Sheehan.