Starting University can be an exciting time full of so many possibilities and new experiences! As much as it’s good to make the most of University life, it’s still important to keep safe while doing that. Often having a good time is accompanied by alcohol which in moderation is absolutely fine but when taken excessively can leave you unaware of what you are doing.
One less frequently spoken danger of that are the risks of walking by a canal or river when in a seriously drunk state. Over the years, many young people have sadly drowned and research has found a quarter of these to have had alcohol in their system at the time. That is why the Canal & River Trust, which care for 2000 miles of waterways across England and Wales, has been supporting the ‘Don’t Drink and Drown’ campaign since 2014. This is an initiative set up by the Royal Life Saving Society UK that urges people to avoid walking near water after they have been drinking alcohol.
Although it may sound simple, keeping yourself and friends away from water after a night out can be enough to save lives! For more advice and information about the 'Don’t Drink and Drown' campaign, please click here.