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Summer & Alcohol Safety

Many enjoy summer weather as a perfect time for outdoor activities. But when alcohol is consumed during the heat of a summer day dehydration, heat exhaustion and impaired judgement may not be far behind.

Alcohol and Summer Heat

Drinking alcohol can impair your judgment. The more alcohol you consume, the harder it may be recognize dangerous situations. In addition, the combination of alcohol and heat poses serious health risks for older adults and individuals with medical conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease. Alcohol is also a diuretic and can contribute to dehydration and heat exhaustion.

Motor Vehicle and Boating Crashes

Summer is a dangerous time of year for motor vehicle and boating crashes. Never drink alcohol and drive. If you plan to drink, designate a non-drinking driver. When boating, never allow alcohol on board. According to the US Coast Guard’s Recreational Boating Statistics Report alcohol is the leading contributor in boating deaths.

Sound Advice

The National Safety Council offers these tips to help keep your summer safe and enjoyable:

  • Stay Hydrated Drink non-alcoholic or non-caffeinated beverages, such as water or sports drinks. If you decide to drink an alcoholic or caffeinated beverage, be sure to drink plenty of water before, during and after.
  • Be Mindful of Medication If you take any medication regularly, ask your doctor if you need to be extra cautious when outdoors and in the sun and heat.
  • Take a Break It’s easy to get caught up in fun activities but be sure to take a break to cool down when the weather is hot.
  • Never Drink and Drive Whether in a car or on a boat, never consume alcohol and get behind the wheel.