Even though boating alone is full of fun and excitement, many people look to add to it by having a few alcoholic beverages. But just the same as driving a motor vehicle while drinking, taking to the water while under the influence puts you and everyone else on the water at risk.
Here is why you should never drink and operate a boat at the same time:
- It’s against the law: Most people are well aware that it’s against the law to drink and driver. However, when it comes to boating, they overlook this important detail. So, not only do you put yourself at risk of an accident and serious injuries, but you could also find yourself in serious trouble with the law. Boating under the influence penalties are just as severe as those for driving while intoxicated.
- It takes your attention away from the water: When you’re drinking and partying, there’s a greater chance you’ll take your attention away from the task at hand, which puts you and everyone else at risk. There’s enough happening around you. You don’t need alcohol getting in your way of making sound decisions.
- Poor judgment: Many people enjoy drinking alcohol because it relaxes them. Unfortunately, it can also result in poor judgment, which boosts the odds of trouble on the water. For example, too much alcohol may have you feeling brave, so you decide to operate the boat in a manner that puts you at risk.
- Slow reaction time: There will be situations in which you have to react quickly to avoid trouble. Maybe you quickly come across debris in the water and need to alter your course. Or maybe another boat comes speeding past you, thus forcing you to take action to avoid tipping. This is where the ability to react quickly works in your favor. Alcohol takes some of that away.
Just as you could fall prey to boating under the influence of alcohol, the same holds true of others who are on the water.
Should you suffer an injury in a boating accident, remain calm, assess the situation and call for help. Don’t take any risks with your health and well-being.