You might drink alcohol when you're out for social events. Alcohol might help you enjoy special occasions if you use it the right way and in the right places. However, you don’t need to drink alcohol to have fun.
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.
When you drink, don't play sports. Drinking affects your judgment and reflexes. You're more likely to hurt yourself or others.
For more information and to find an addiction services office near you, call the
24-hour Help Line.
Current as of: March 17, 2015
Author: Addiction & Mental Health, Alberta Health Services