Consuming alcohol before undertaking activities that require concentration (or any type of sober judgment for that matter) is generally a bad idea. We know how catastrophic drinking and driving can be, and how drinking on the job can lead to some serious workplace injuries.
However, combining alcohol and a swimming pool or a hot tub almost always results in tragedy, a fact that many are yet to understand the full implications of.
Having alcoholic beverages in and around artificial bodies of water is sadly evolving into a social norm as parties that are centered on pools and hot tubs are becoming more and more popular.
The need to educate people on the dangers of combining alcohol and swimming pools is now urgent because according to statistics, in 41 percent of the pool-related deaths of people between the age of 15 and 29 years, alcohol plays a role.
Why Is Alcohol So Bad When Swimming?
It goes without saying that creating a false sense of security is one of the biggest effects of consuming alcohol. This explains why people are often more willing to undertake unnecessary risks and do things that normally they would think twice about.
The Same case applies to alcohol and swimming. One can gravely misjudge the depth of a pool and dive to his/her own death. Some may suddenly feel confident enough to perform feats that require athlete-like stamina, which would ultimately lead to a fatal outcome.
A few other reasons why mixing alcohol and swimming pools is not advisable to include:
1. Impairs Judgment and Mars Coordination
Some of the effects of alcohol include numbing the senses and dramatically messing up the body’s coordination. This is why simple exercises like walking on a straight line for a short distance become impossible. Alcohol also prevents you from perceiving distances, depth and situations accurately.
2. Alcohol May Promote Hypothermia
When the body gets cold, blood is diverted from the limbs to the vital organs in order to help them retain heat. Alcohol will inhibit the body from doing this and if the water is cold enough (as swimming pools tend to be), a person will be at greater risk of death whether they get out of the water safely or not.
3. Alcohol Disorients and Impedes Quick Reactions
Walking, one of the simplest exercises one can undertake usually becomes more challenging after consuming alcohol. This is why swimming while inebriated can never result in anything positive.
In addition to inducing sudden temperature changes that can greatly disorient a person, alcohol also makes reactions drag out, thereby making one incapable of saving oneself in the event of an emergency.
4. Alcohol Significantly Reduces the Chances of CPR Being Effective
Once an accident occurs to a person in an inebriated state, first responders usually count on the person’s general health and state of the body to assist in recuperation. If the body is already heavily impeded from normal functioning by alcohol, the chances of simple resuscitation procedures such as CPR being effective are slim at best, and quite often, the person does not pull through.
Alcohol should be banned from the poolside area in general because all it takes is a slight loss of balance to end up in a life-threatening situation. Pool owners should always ensure that inebriated individuals stay away from swimming pools as they pose a significant danger to themselves and other pool users.