India is mourning the loss of one of its most prolific Bollywood actresses, 54- year old Sridevi Kapoor, who forensic investigators said died due to ‘accidental drowning.’
While it’s something out of your worst unlikely nightmares; to have an unfortunate end in the most inconspicuous of places, drowning in a bathtub isn’t as rare as you might think.
While babies and toddlers are obviously high-risk, as they do not have the developed motor skills to heave themselves upright out of barely a foot of water, adults can be susceptible to drowning in a tub too, if motor abilities are impaired or if one begins to panic.
According to this report, more than 100, 000 bathtub and shower related deaths occur in the US annually, and while a majority was unsupervised very young children, in adults, it was found that accidental drowning occurred more often to those who had taken drugs or were strongly inebriated.
These substances can cause us to become less aware of our surroundings, and slump or fall over while in the shower or taking a bath.
According to the forensics team who examined Kapoor, there were traces of alcohol found in her system.
In an article on the Seattle Pi on the state of tub and shower deaths in America, they found that often, it was the result of a lifestyle that contributed to the accidental deaths.
“You get into a hot tub to relax and you drink to relax. When you put those two things together, you get more than you bargain for,” said Jonathan Howland, an epidemiologist from Boston University that they spoke to and a national expert on death by drowning.
“The heat leads to dilation of the blood vessels, along with the alcohol. People are basically having a drop of blood pressure and having the equivalent of a faint,” Howland said.
So the next time you fancy a soak after a night of boozing it up, you might want to hold on to that thought, as there is a risk of fatality and you’d never even see it coming.