A new study has found alcohol may have contributed to hundreds of men drowning in the past decade.
Information released by Royal Life Saving Society found one in four men of the almost 2000 who drowned in the past decade, were affected by alcohol.
A campaign has been launched by the organisation, aimed at changing men’s attitudes towards drinking around water, in response to the figures.
Royal Life Saving Society chief executive Justin Scarr said one quarter of the men were drunk and swimming when they drowned, and a further 22 per cent were drunk while on a boat or when using a watercraft.
‘‘The campaign encourages men to look out for their mates by avoiding alcohol around water and keeping them out of trouble by pulling them into line if they’ve been drinking and decide to go for a swim or take the boat for a spin,’’ Mr Scarr said.
‘‘We are deeply concerned about the high levels of intoxication of men when in and around waterways.
‘‘There has been great success in reducing drink driving on our roads, but rates of drinking while swimming or boating remain frighteningly high.’’
For information, visit www.royallifesaving.com.au