In the last five years, 30 people have drowned across Tyne and Wear - more than a third of them were found to have alcohol or drugs in their system.
Ross Irwin died just before Christmas 12 months ago. He'd been on a night out in a pub close to the River Wear.
His father Dave, is backing a campaign urging party goers to avoid getting too close to water.
Dave Irwin is a firefighter, his colleagues pulled Ross' body from the river.
He says he doesn't want other parents to have to face the pain he's going through: