MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- Summer is the perfect time to gather up your family or friends and take a road trip. With amusement parks, beaches, and family reunions happening all over the country, more families are planning to buckle up and hit the road, Navy leaders said June 26.
"Although the road trip is half the fun, making it to your destination safely should always be the first priority," said Dorice Favorite, director of the Navy Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention (NADAP) Office.
In keeping with the Navy's recently launched "Keep What You've Earned" campaign, NADAP urges Sailors to drink responsibly throughout the year- you've earned it, don't waste it.
This summer, consider the following:
*While on vacation, you may be traveling an unfamiliar route, hauling a boat or camper, along with the possible distraction of pets and children in the car. Adding alcohol to the mix puts the lives of the driver and everyone in the car, as well as other people on the road, at risk.
*Whether you're on the road or outdoors, summer temperatures plus alcohol can equal trouble. Hot summer days cause fluid loss through perspiration, while alcohol causes fluid loss through increased urination. Together, they can quickly lead to dehydration or heat stroke.
*At parties, make at least every other drink a nonalcoholic one. If you're the host, be sure to provide plenty of cold, refreshing nonalcoholic drinks to keep your guests well hydrated. If you know you'll be driving, stay away from alcohol. And remember, there's no shame in taking a cab or sleeping on a friend's couch if you feel at all unsure if you should be driving.
*Most importantly - do not drink and drive. The rate of alcohol-related traffic fatalities increases significantly from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
"The summer holidays are some of the most dangerous times of the year to be on the road. Our Sailors have worked hard and deserve to enjoy their summer in a safe way," said Favorite. "Have fun with family and friends, but be smart if you choose to drink."
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 Sailor fact sheets, posters and video.
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