While definitions vary, binge drinking is loosely defined as consuming a large amount of alcohol over a short period of time, resulting in 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, in extreme cases, even death. Binge drinking is never a good decision. Learn more.
Most countries have established legal limits for drinking and driving, and many set limits for other activities, such as boating. You certainly will face serious penalties and other legal consequences if you are found to be above the legal limit. To be responsible, you cannot rely on the legal limit alone. Your own limit may be lower than the legal limit. You should consider how drinking affects you in general and its likely effect during a risky activity. Clearly, not drinking… 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 not produced by companies that are licensed and regulated. Sometimes, these drinks are produced in accordance with longstanding community traditions or home recipes solely for personal consumption. In other situations, the drinks are made or distributed illicitly to avoid health or quality regulations, or licensing and taxes imposed by government. Drinking these products carries the same risk as drinking other alcohol beverages; but in some cases, risks may be greater. Traditionally produced drinks are often home-made… 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 particular situations in which drinking alcohol can increase the risk that you may harm yourself or others: Driving, where your reaction… read more