Alcohol consumption is common, and there is nothing wrong with enjoying a beverage every now and then and staying within the recommended drinking limits. However, alcohol misuse is on the rise, and it is a cause for concern. Drinking alcohol can easily be a gateway to addiction, and dependency. It is crucial to know the recommended limits of alcohol and how to consume safely.
When under the influence, it can impact the level of control you have over your body and thoughts. Which is why, there are certain activities to avoid after you have consumed alcohol.
What Is The Recommended Alcohol Limits?
In the UK, both men and women are advised to drink no more than 14 units per week regularly. As over 14 units on a regular basis is seen as excessive drinking, and can lead to many health issues, as well as addiction. It is also important to note that if you are drinking 14 units of alcohol per week, this should be spread across 3 or more days. No amount of alcohol is good for you; however, these guidelines are in place to aid you in drinking responsibly.
Now, here are some things you should avoid whilst under the influence:
Drive A Vehicle
Alcohol targets the nervous system and can affect your ability to concentrate, as well as encouraging your eyes to close over. When alcohol enters the bloodstream, it can put you and others at risk. Driving requires great levels of concentration, and if you are unable to make judgements, and quickly react to situations, this is a major safety risk. Not to mention, it is illegal to drink and drive, and you could be pulled over by the police and be asked to take an alcohol test. If the test is positive, you could face 6 months in prison, and a driving ban for at least 1 year.
Anything a mother eats, or drinks will find its way into her breast milk. Occasional and small amounts of alcohol consumption should not pose any serious risk to breastfeeding, however it is not encouraged. In addition, a baby should not be exposed to any alcohol as it can affect their growth and development. Alcohol present in milk can lead to deep sleep, weakness and affect how much milk is actually being produced for the infant.
If you are an athlete, or someone who participates in sports for a hobby, you should not be training or competing when under the influence. Alcohol throws off your balance and concentration, which will negatively impact your performance. It is also common for drug and alcohol tests to be carried out in sports.
It is important to understand which activities to avoid after consuming alcohol. Drinking responsibly is also concerned with the actions you take afterwards and situations that you avoid to keep yourself and others as safe as possible.