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Men more likely to drown

When I was trying to decide what to write an article about this week, I did some research on the Internet. In doing so, I came upon and interesting fact I thought was appropriate to share.
What I found was this: According to the Centers for Disease Control (2005) men are four times more likely to drown than women.
Why are men more likely to drown than women? Everyone has his or her own thoughts and ideas as to why but I want to share some of mine. I believe the number one reason is because men are more likely to be on and around the water.
Men tend to enjoy boating, fishing and other recreational activities on the water.
That is not to say women don’t enjoy activities on the water, but the majority of boaters and fisherman are men.
This increases the chances of a man being involved in a drowning.
I believe another reason is because men are less likely to wear life jackets than women. Whether it is because they are too macho or just think it won’t happen to them,
I see fewer males wearing life jackets than females.
I think alcohol is a factor. One third of all boating accidents in the nation, involve alcohol. I see more men drinking alcohol in a boat than I see women.
Again, that is not to say woman do not drink alcohol, because I have seen plenty of intoxicated women on boats.
Men also tend to be alone in boats more often (especially this time of year), so when an emergency does arise they have no one to help.
When men are out fishing or hunting during cool weather months, they tend to wear heavy clothing.
This clothing will quickly soak up water making it very difficult to keep afloat, thus increasing the risk of drowning.
I am sure there are many other reasons why men are more likely to drown than women, but these are definitely some of the top reasons.
If you do decide to venture out on the water, you should never go alone.
Make sure you leave a float plan behind and always wear a life jacket. Educate yourself on what to do if you find yourself unexpectedly in the water. And last but not least, do not drink alcohol and boat or swim.
For further information contact the MO State Water Patrol at www.mswp.dps.mo.gov or by calling 573-751-3333.

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