Divers often gather for a beer or two after a long day of diving, and some, let’s face it, drink more than just one or two! But what are the risks involved in doing this, especially when we are likely to get back in the water early the next morning?
Drinking heavily over a short time is well known to cause nausea, vomiting, memory loss, unsteadiness and slowed reaction time, slurred speech, poor co-ordination, impaired judgement and of course the lack of inhibition.
To go diving after drinking alcohol is very risky, even the following day. It can take more than 12 hours for the blood alcohol to fall to normal. A hangover is disabling and can result in:
You not only put yourself at higher risk, but possibly also your buddy.
Dr John Parker (a diving physician and Senior Dive Medical Consultant for DAN AP) recommends: