Has the sunshine got you dreaming of barbecues and days at the beach? If so, you may be toying with the idea of taking some food and a few cool drinks to the seaside with you. While it’s advisable to stay hydrated, you should never drink alcohol on the beach. Beach parties may seem like fun, but alcohol and rolling waves don’t mix.
Why you should never drink alcohol on the beach
The sun is shining, the golden sands are glimmering, and the sea looks incredibly inviting. All this may seem like the perfect backdrop for a party but try and resist the temptation to bring beers or ready made cocktails to the seaside with you this summer. Drinking alcohol dehydrates you, which is particularly dangerous when it’s hot and sunny, and it can make you take risks you’d never normally consider. If you’re drunk on a beach, you could lose your way and end up in the water or even attempt to go swimming in the dark.
If you want to avoid injuries and accidents that could have devastating consequences, you should never drink alcohol on the beach. Swimming in the sea can be treacherous at the best of times, let alone when you’ve had a lot to drink. If you swim at night, there’s every chance that you could get into trouble and there be nobody around to help you.
Staying safe at the beach
Nothing beats a day at the beach with friends and family. That is, provided that everything goes smoothly, and nobody ends up with injuries. If you’re keen to steer clear of beach accidents, here are some simple safety tips:
- Swim only in safe swimming zones
- Choose a beach patrolled by lifeguards
- Stay hydrated
- Wear sunscreen
- Supervise children at all times
- Stick to designated paths when accessing or leaving the beach to avoid slips and trips
Can I claim for an accident at the beach?
If you’ve been injured at the beach, there may be a possibility of claiming compensation. If the accident happened as a result of somebody else’s negligence, and you can prove that you were not to blame, you should have a viable beach accident claim. However, if you were liable for your injuries, for example, you tripped when you were drunk at the beach, you would not have a valid case for personal injury compensation. To find out if you could make a no-win, no-fee* claim, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.
Date Published: May 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice