While definitions vary, binge drinking is loosely defined as consuming a large amount of alcohol over a short period of time, resulting in serious intoxication. Binge drinking can have severe short-term effects on the individual and to the people around them, including damage to health, accidents, brain dysfunction, unwanted sex, and even death. Binge drinking is never a good decision.
Most countries have established legal limits for drinking and driving, and many set limits for other activities, such as boating. You will certainly face serious penalties and other legal consequences if you are stopped and found to be above the legal limit. To be responsible, you cannot rely on the legal limit alone. Clearly, not drinking at all is the safest choice in these situations. If you choose to drink, your own limit may be a lot lower than the legal… read more
Your gender, weight, physical conditions, and even your genetic makeup can influence how much you can drink and still stay below the legal limit. The amount and speed of your drinking, as well as what else you eat or drink, can make a difference, at least in the short-term. Whenever you are in doubt, stop drinking and wait until you’re sure that you are in control and able to make good decisions. How does law enforcement measure my alcohol level? Practices… read more
Some alcohol beverages are produced by companies that are not licensed or regulated. This type of alcohol includes traditional alcohol, illicit alcohol, and surrogate alcohol, which makes up roughly a quarter of all alcohol consumed around the world. These drinks are produced in accordance with longstanding community traditions or home recipes solely for personal or community consumption. In other situations, the drinks are made or distributed illicitly to avoid licensing and taxes imposed by government or health or quality regulations. Consuming these products… read more
The more you drink, the slower you react to changes around you and the greater the impairment of your judgment. Your physical skills and judgment are especially important in situations that may be “risky,” where your decisions are important to protect your health and well-being as well as the safety of those around you. Here are some examples of particularly risky situations for drinking alcohol: Driving, where your reaction time and good judgment protect you as the driver, your passengers,… read more