MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- The countdown to summer is almost over, and concerts, barbecues and water activities are about to begin. However, everyone needs to drink responsibly when alcohol is involved Navy leaders said May 24.
"During the summer months the number of accidents and alcohol incidents increase significantly," said Dorice Favorite, director of the Navy Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Office (NADAP). "In keeping with the Navy's recently launched Keep What You've Earned campaign, we urge Sailors to drink responsibly during the summer months - and always - to stay on track with their careers."
Favorite said Sailors can adopt safe drinking habits this summer by following a few simple steps, such as alternating drinks with water, taking a break for food and a rest when you start drinking early, and planning ahead for a safe ride home.
"We want Sailors to enjoy the warm weather of the summer months," said Favorite. "Have fun with family and friends, but be smart if you choose to drink."
NADAP offers the following tips on how to drink responsibly this summer:
* If you're hosting a barbecue, provide plenty of food and alcohol-free drinks. Make sure all of your guests have a way to get home safely before they start drinking.
* Don't drink and swim (or boat). According to the World Health Organization, alcohol consumption is one of the most frequently reported contributing factors associated with drowning.
* Don't drink and drive. The rate of alcohol-related traffic fatalities increases significantly from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
In partnership with the Naval Safety Center's "Live to Play, Play to Live" Summer Safety Campaign, NADAP encourages all Sailors and Navy personnel to take an online pledge to practice responsible drinking habits this summer. To take the "Play to Live Pledge," visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/drinkresponsibly.
NADAP also reminds Sailors that when it comes to drinking responsibly, a little planning can make a big difference. Check out the "Keep What You've Earned" video PSA to learn more: http://youtu.be/SMnyA1mzhzM.
For more information and to help promote responsible drinking this summer within your command, you can access materials and resources from NADAP's recently launched campaign, Keep What You've Earned, available at www.nadap.navy.mil. Materials include an Event-in-a-Box implementation guide to help commands host summer safety events at their installation.
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