If you drink alcohol, it's important to know how to drink responsibly and to stay within your alcohol tolerance level. If you don't, you could place your friends at risk and put yourself in grave danger.
The now common practice of pre-drinking or pre-loading can potentially put your safety at risk. Pre-loading is planned heavy drinking, usually at private residences, prior to attending a social event, typically at a bar or nightclub.
This is a significant safety problem for drinkers as there is now significant evidence that it is not only harmful to the individuals concerned, but is associated with increased levels of violence. It is becoming increasingly common for young people to enter licensed premises (and private functions) already intoxicated, and then continue to be served alcohol.
Binge drinking is the most obvious example of irresponsible drinking. Binge drinking can have many different meanings, but generally refers to drinking heavily over a short period of time with the intention of becoming intoxicated, resulting in immediate and severe intoxication.
Recent research shows that the pattern of young people’s drinking is changing. More young people are drinking, and when they drink, they drink more. This is particularly evident among young women. This attitude of drinking to excess has seen the rise of the drink till you drop culture. This results in impaired decision making and poor choices which place drinker’s safety at risk.
If you want to drink responsibly, you have to have a plan, know your limits, and know how to spot and avoid dangerous situations.
Being a responsible drinker basically means:
Irresponsible drinking can increase the risk of:
Here are some tips for responsible drinking:
Please take a few moments to answer the following questions in relation to how alcohol impacts your perceptions of safety. The answers you provide will give us a better understanding of community attitudes to alcohol and safety. There are a couple of further questions on each page of this site.
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