Statistics compiled by the U.S. Coast Guard show the use of alcohol while boating was the leading contributor to on-the-water accidents…and the needless loss of 126 lives in the USA during 2010.
Like the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Sea Rescue encourages all boaters to “Boat Responsibly” and be sure you have a designated sober and qualified skipper on board to ensure your boat gets back to the dock safely.
Just as in driving a car, alcohol use while boating can lead to impairment of critical senses needed to avoid boating accidents. Slowed reaction time and diminished decision making ability can make your day on the water a less than enjoyable one. Additionally, alcohol can cause dehydration and illness when you are exposed to a hot, sunny day of boating.
“Boat Responsibly” … and don’t mix alcohol with your day on the water. Save the beer for when you return home.