Alcohol and boating is a dangerous combination on the water, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Alcohol is the leading contributing factor in fatal boating accidents. The federal BAC legal limit for operating a vessel under the influence is .08. Alcohol use can impair a boater’s judgment, balance, vision and reaction time. Alcohol also increases fatigue.
Sun, wind, noise, vibration and motion —“stressors” common to the boating environment— intensify the effects of alcohol, drugs, and some medications. Alcohol use can increase fatigue and susceptibility to the effects of cold-water immersion.
Alcohol is dangerous for passengers too. Intoxication can cause slips, falls over board and other dangerous accidents.
If you boat under the influence your voyage may be terminated, the boat may be impounded and the operator may be arrested. Penalties vary by state but can include fines, jail and loss of boating or even driving privileges.
If you boat under the influence of drugs or alcohol you are endangering your life and the lives of others.