Stats and Facts

Young people and drowning facts: 

  • 40 young people drowned in Western Australia in the decade between 2003 and 2013   
  • 93% of young people who drown under the influence of alcohol are males  
  • In Western Australia, inland waterways are the most common place for alcohol related drownings to occur  
  • The majority of young people involved in these deaths recorded a blood alcohol limit more than 4 times the legal driving limit  

The impact of alcohol and drowning amongst young people ages 15-24 remains a significant issue in Western Australia. On average four young people will lose their life to drowning and a further 10 will be hospitalized following a non-fatal drowning each year in WA, many of whom will have devastating, ongoing health issues as the result of brain damage and spinal cord injury. Overall alcohol contributes to 30% of these incidents.   

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