Surprising Statistics: Summer Drinking Risks

By July 1, 2024No Comments

As temperatures rise, imbibing in a refreshing drink during summer carries risks that may linger beyond the season’s warmth. Whether it’s summer vacations, holiday barbeques, or social gatherings, alcohol often plays a part in many summer celebrations. In fact, June, July, and August are some of the most dangerous months for DUIs.

Summer is a popular season for binge drinking, with 47% of summer days seeing an average BAC above .06%—higher than the national average throughout the year. However, there are many risks to consuming alcohol that may negatively affect summer fun.

Dangers of Drinking in the Sun

While drinking comes with its own set of physical and mental risks, drinking in the sun can exacerbate these issues. Consuming alcohol in the heat of the sun can affect speech, motor skills, and overall health. Even consuming just a few alcoholic beverages can increase urine production causing dehydration, especially in the sun.

According to the NIAAA, “alcohol not only increases the risk of accidents, but when combined with increased sweating in the heat and sun and frequent urination, drinking can lead to dehydration and heat stroke.”

If you do choose to drink this summer, make sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, using sunscreen, and remaining responsible by never driving after any alcohol consumption.

Drinking in Bodies of Water

Scorching summer days can call for a trip to the nearest pool, lake, or ocean to cool off. However, drinking in or around bodies of water comes with its own set of dangers.

A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 31% of all drownings involve blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels of 0.10% or higher. Swimming sober is ideal but using life jackets can help prevent drownings, especially if alcohol is involved.

Drinking while boating also poses another danger—alcohol is the leading contributor to fatal boating accidents. Alcohol can not only impair a boater’s vision, balance, and reaction time but can also contribute to slips on deck, falls overboard, and dock accidents.

Boat operators with a BAC of .08% or higher are 14 times more likely to be killed in an accident than those with no alcohol in their system. Additionally, the CDC estimates that 27% of deaths involving boats, jet skis, and other forms of water transportation involve individuals with a BAC of 0.10% or higher.

Summer DUIs

Unfortunately, DUIs are common in the summer months and pose a serious threat to anyone on the roads. When going to social events or gatherings, if alcohol consumption is involved, never get behind the wheel and always find a sober ride home.

“There were 307 reported DUI arrests over [the 2023] Summer Blitz enforcement period. So far in 2024, there have been 58 fatal crashes in Colorado that involved an impaired driver,” reports the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Remember: You can save lives by choosing a sober ride home and creating safe habits should you decide to drink this summer.

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