When is drinking risky?

Risky situations

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, and other drivers and pedestrians;
  • Child care, where your full presence and attention protects infants and children;
  • Operation of tools and machinery, where mistakes can harm you and others;
  • Sports, where coordination and quick decisions on the field, court, or slope ensure the safety of all the players;
  • Boating and other water sports, where the impairment effects of alcohol can be compounded by sun, wind, and waves;
  • Hunting or any other activity where weapons may be involved;
  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding, where negative effects could be passed to your child; and
  • Taking medication, where interactions could affect how your medication works.