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 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 at all is the safest choice in risky situations.

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. 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 professional to learn more and decide what is right for you. When your health may be at immediate risk, get medical attention right away.

So, what if I had too much?

Do not drive or engage in any risky activity. It is best not to drink and drive.

If you plan to drink, plan your transportation ahead of time. You may want to consider not driving on the way, so you don’t have to make the decision when it is time to go home later. Use public transportation, 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 don’t work. See other common myths.