As the weather heats up, we head to the lakes and parks to enjoy summer. With it comes an increased consumption of alcohol at your BBQ or other parties. It’s important to remember a few tips to keep safe and prevent a trip to Emergency One.
1. Mixing cocktails, beer and wine in the heat can lead to sunstroke or heat exhaustion. Symptoms of heat exhaustion and sunstroke include headache, extreme thirst, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, absence of sweating, rapid pulse and even difficulty breathing. It’s important to drink plenty of water when indulging in the out of doors.
2. Swimming accidents increase as alcohol is consumed. Don’t try superhuman tricks or attempt new water sports while under the influence.
3. Hot Tubs and alcohol don’t mix. The high water temperatures combined with increased consumption of alcohol may cause dehydration and even drowning.
4. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), alcohol use is involved in 70% of deaths associated with water recreation, including driving boats. Don’t drink and boat.
Your summer fun doesn’t have to include a trip to Emergency One if you keep well hydrated and remain in control of your actions. Have a safe and fun summer!