Don’t let alcohol put a chill on your summer. By following these simple guidelines, you can prevent an alcohol-related accident or health problem.
- If you drive, don’t drink. If you drink, don’t drive.
- There is NO safe level of alcohol for drivers because everyone reacts differently to alcohol on different occasions.
- Never drink and pilot a boat of any kind. The same things that makes drinking and driving dangerous (impaired judgment, information processing and coordination, among other alcohol effects) can be as deadly on water as they are on land.
- Don’t swim or dive if you have been drinking. Remember that alcohol will inhibit your swallowing and breathing reflexes, both of which are necessary for swimming, and make you feel warmer than you really are, putting you at risk for hypothermia in cold water. In addition, drinking affects your ability to judge distances and may lead you to swim too far out into a lake or ocean.
- If you are riding in a boat, remember that alcohol will impair your balance and increase your chances of falling overboard. This danger, compounded by alcohol’s effects on your swimming ability, is a common cause of drowning.
- If you are a heavy drinker, remember that during the summer alcohol consumption can:
- More rapidly dehydrate you
- Raise your blood pressure
- Increase your chances of developing hypoglycemia, a condition that cause weakness and interferes with the body’s temperature regulation
- Increase your chances of becoming a heat prostration or stroke victim
- Each year in the US,
- 3,500 drown
- 4,500 injured while boating
- 700 killed while boating
- Personal Flotation Devices could reduce fatalities by 90%
- Contributing factors include: alcohol, lack of PFDs, horseplay, and underwater obstructions
- Survival plan:
- Use a “designated Captain”
- Don’t overload the boat
- PFDs on weak swimmers
- Explore water/feet first
- Keep throwable PFD nearby
- Use the engine kill switch
Again, keep yourself and your loved ones safe during the summer months. If you use alcohol, do it in a manner which will protect you and the things you value. If additional information is needed contact Michael Reed, Prevention Coordinator/EAPC, Fort Gordon Army Substance Abuse Program, 791-5797.
Upcoming Comedy Show:
The Fort Gordon Army Substance Abuse Program has the pleasure to announce we will be bringing comedian Bernie McGrenahan to Fort Gordon on 29 July 2014 for two programs in conjunction with the 101 Critical Days of Summer campaign. The programs will be held in Alexander Hall at 1400 and 1800 hours. DA Civilians are encouraged to attend the 1400 show, but will be limited to the first 300 on a “first come, first serve basis. Please contact the ASAP Prevention Coordinator, Michael Reed, at 706 791-5797 if you should have questions.
Click HERE to view the event on our calendar.