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Why should I avoid water sports after drinking alcohol?

Avoid water sports after drinking alcohol, because alcohol consumption impairs judgment and increases risk-taking activity. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, half of all water recreation deaths involve the use of alcohol. Swim only in designated areas and always wear a life preserver when in a boat. You may feel fine, but in cold water it doesn’t take long for hypothermia to set in and zap your strength. Never operate a boat or vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

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