Monthly Theme – Summer

“Summertime Alcohol Use”

Also called seasonality use – Drinking alcoholic drinks can cause us to lose perspective and take risks.

Every summer people gather with friends and family at lakes around the state to enjoy the warm weather and cool water. Favorite lake activities often include water skiing, tubing, jet skiing, fishing and other boating activities. People tend to enjoy a few cocktails while relaxing out in the sun. In order to reduce the risk of injuries, NC has passed laws concerning alcohol and boating.

Accidents involving alcohol and a boat can occur just as much as if you were driving a car instead. You are still capable of hurting yourself or someone if you decide to drink and drive a boat. Additionally alcohol can interfere with your body’s normal cooling off process.

“Seasonality of Youth’s First-Time Use of Marijuana, Cigarettes or Alcohol,” from the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows a 40 percent increase in first-time youth marijuana use during June and July, compared to the rest of the year. Each day in June and July an average of 6,300 youths try marijuana for the first time. The number of new underage drinkers and cigarette smokers also jumps during the summer months.

Remember, don’t drink liquids that contain caffeine, alcohol, or large amounts of sugar – these actually cause you to lose more body fluid.

And whether or not you are drinking – Stay Protected from the Sun !!!!

  • UV rays are weakest before 11 a.m. and after 4 p.m. Plan activities during these times.
  • Skin does not have to feel hot to get burned, so protect yourself even on cloudy days.
  • Wear sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or greater, and apply at least 20 minutes before going outside.
  • Wear UVA/UVB protective sunglasses and a hat.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and juice. Alcohol consumption may cause dehydration.
  • Protect your arms and legs with loose fitting, tightly woven cotton clothing.
  • Stay indoors during extremely hot temperatures.