When is drinking risky?

Set your own limit

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 limit. You should consider how drinking affects you at the time you begin a risky activity, as well as its general effect on you.

Also, remember that your body can only metabolize a certain amount of alcohol each hour. If you drink a lot, you may still have a significant amount of alcohol in your system the next day. Even if you have eliminated the alcohol, your body may still be recovering. A hangover the next day may continue to negatively affect your physical reactions and your judgment.

There are a number of additional things to consider when deciding an appropriate limit for yourself. Here are a few links that will bring you to different parts of this website for reference.

You should talk with your health provider to learn more and decide what is right for you. When your health may be at immediate risk, seek medical attention right away.

What if I had too much?

Do not drive or engage in any risky activity if you feel that you have had too much to drink.

If you plan to drink, plan your transportation ahead of time. You may want to consider not driving on the way so that you don’t have to make the decision when it is time to return home later. Use public transport, a taxi, a shared ride, or designate a sober driver in advance.

Only time will allow your body to eliminate the alcohol you have consumed. Drinking coffee and other methods to “sober up fast” just won’t work. See other common myths.