You might choose to drink alcohol when you're out for social events. Alcohol might be part of special occasions with friends and family. However, it is important to be aware that you don’t need to drink alcohol to have fun.
You might choose not to drink if you:
You don't have to drink. Even if you choose to drink, it doesn't mean you have to drink at every occasion.
Each time you drink, ask yourself:
The effects of alcohol are different depending on the situation. Each time you drink, ask yourself:
If you're the host, you don’t always have to serve alcohol. There are many non-alcoholic choices to offer. If you're inviting someone recovering from alcohol dependency, you can help them stay in recovery if you don’t serve alcohol.
If you drink alcohol during a workday, it can cause problems. Alcohol:
Know your limit. If you drink too much, it's not safe or healthy. The part of the brain responsible for judgment is the first part affected by alcohol consumption.
When you drink, don't play sports. Drinking affects your judgment and reflexes. You're more likely to hurt yourself or others.
All standard drinks have the same amount of alcohol. A standard drink is a:
For more information and to find an addiction services office near you, call the
24-hour Help Line.
Current as of: May 12, 2017
Author: Addiction & Mental Health, Alberta Health Services