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Don't drink and drown warning to Swansea Christmas partygoers

With the Christmas party season now in full swing, Swansea people are again being reminded about the dangers of drinking too much alcohol close to areas of water.

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Leaflets are being delivered to university accommodation sites across the city this month, with an event planned for Castle Square from 2pm to 8pm on Saturday December 17. 
 
The on-going Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS) 'Don't Drink and Drown' campaign is being supported by Swansea University, the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, their student unions, South Wales Police, the Carmarthenshire Water Safety Partnership, Swansea Council and the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service.

A short, hard-hitting film will be shown on Castle Square's big screen as part of the event. Representatives from participating agencies will also be there to hand out information and talk to pub and club-goers.
 
Last year, 20 per cent of all adult accidental drowning victims in the UK had alcohol in their bloodstream. 


Over the previous three years (2012 to 2014) an average of 38 per cent of 18 to 21-year-old accidental drowning victims had alcohol in their bloodstream in the UK. In 2015, this increased to 67 per cent.

Some of the tips to stay safe this Christmas include don't walk home near water, look out for your friends and make sure they get home safely, and don't enter the water if you have been drinking because alcohol seriously affects your ability to get yourself out of trouble.
 
Have a look at www.rlss.org.uk for more information. You can also visit www.facebook.com/RLSSUK or follow #DontDrinkAndDrown on Twitter.


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