Risk Behaviors

Risky Alcohol Consumption
In several situations and in the case of people with certain physical characteristics, drinking any amount of alcohol represents a significant health and safety hazard.

Alcohol and driving
 

The message is crystal-clear: alcohol and driving are a lethal combination. If you are planning to drive, the safest thing to do is to avoid drinking alcoholic beverages. Safe driving requires good vision, logic sharpness and swift reactions. Alcohol affects these three components. In fact, the ability to drive may be influenced by alcohol levels in the blood that are much below the legally allowed limits. It all depends on how much food one has had, the time of the day, mood, metabolism and fatigue.
 
Hence drinking and driving represent a real risk of death or injury for you and other people. It may also lead to detention as a result of driving under the effects of alcohol and lastly to the payment of fines, driving license confiscation and withdrawal and prison penalty.
 
The risk is too high for you not to make the right decisions.
 

Drinking alcoholic beverages in the workplace
 
Drinking only short amounts of alcohol in the workplace may be enough to cause serious problems, as it affect your discernment and physical abilities. In sum, there is no specific level under which alcohol does not cause any undesired effects. In fact, a hangover may affect your performance even if the concentration of alcohol in your bloodstream is nil.
 
The ingestion of alcoholic beverages in the workplace may lead to problems in the short and medium term. In the short-term, an increased alcohol level in your blood may place at risk your efficacy and safety, leading to judgment errors and increased accident probability. In the long-term, excessive and continued alcohol consumption may lead to social, psychological and health problems, including alcohol dependency, which in turn increases the chances of having to miss work as a result of an illness originated by the quick deterioration of physical and interpersonal skills.

 

Alcohol and sports
 
Alcohol and sports do not go well together. If you wish to exercise, don’t drink alcohol. It speeds up your pulse and breathing, leading to dehydration and deteriorated physical condition. On top of this, your power to feel pain decreases increasing the risk of injury. You will also feel the harmful effects of alcohol after doing exercise as the levels of moisture in your body will lead to a less efficient metabolism of lactic acid (which causes soreness).

Drinking alcohol during pregnancy
 
Studies have shown that the human fetus may be affected by very small amounts of alcohol. As such, drinking alcohol during pregnancy is a serious risk and not recommended.

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