LANSING, Michigan – State officials are urging Michiganders to be safe when celebrating at gatherings and summer activities, especially when alcohol may be consumed.
The Michigan Liquor Control Commission recommends controlling alcohol consumption and never driving while intoxicated.
“The state’s 19,000 liquor licensees are excited to open their bars, restaurants, hotels, distilleries and wineries for customers to enjoy Pure Michigan,” said MLCC Commissioner Dennis Olshove. âIf you drink alcohol, do it responsibly. Make this summer a great summer that you will remember for all the right reasons.
Many summer activities can become dangerous when alcohol is involved.
Don’t drink while swimming, boating, or even shooting a few fireworks, as there can be fatal risk factors, says the MLCC.
âDon’t drink or swim,â said MLCC Commissioner Geralyn Lasher. âNever drink while watching children in the pool or at the lake. Having that margarita (or two) will slow your instincts to react if you need you in an emergency.
Alcohol has contributed to at least 20% of all adult drowning deaths each year, and up to 41% among young adults aged 15 to 29.
Alcohol impairs coordination, learns the ability to react quickly, and distorts depth perception – which can lead to injury when diving in shallow water – by misjudging the depth of water or the strength of a running, and passing out and sliding underwater.
Depending on the amount of alcohol consumed, a single drink takes about one to two hours to metabolize.
Alcohol by volume is also much lower in a can of beer than the alcohol content of cereal liquor or vodka.
It can also cause the body temperature to drop from normal, causing hypothermia if the water is cold.
“The boat is sober because boating while intoxicated is reminiscent of driving while intoxicated,” said Edward Toma, commissioner of the MLCC. âAlcohol consumption is the main contributor to boating-related deaths. “
In Michigan, there were 181 boating accidents in 2020, including 33 fatalities, 20 drownings and nearly $ 2.2 million in property damage.
Boaters under the influence can be arrested and their boats impounded.
Michigan law treats under the influence boating like driving under the influence, with the blood alcohol limit for both of them being 0.08%.
Alcohol consumption is particularly dangerous when it comes to fireworks, according to the MLCC, and guests who drink alcohol should be kept “well away” from fireworks.
Additionally, alcohol-based hand sanitizers are extremely flammable.
Those who choose to drink in hot weather should also consider alternating alcoholic drinks with a glass of water and eating foods high in water, especially fresh fruits and vegetables.
Individuals should also avoid sugary alcoholic beverages like daiquiris, margaritas, and pina coladas, which can lead to dehydration.