Binge and excessive drinking can harm young adults and it’s risky no matter your age.
The Be UnDrunk program encourages young adults who drink to follow some guidelines about how often and how much they drink on any one occasion.
If you’re going to drink, it’s important to set drink limits to stay safe. Check out the information below about making sensible choices when it comes to drinking alcohol.
What is binge drinking?
Binge drinking means having, on one occasion, four or more standard drinks for men and three or more for women. Think of binge drinking as drinking too much alcohol at a given time. Think of it as getting drunk. Think of it as drinking that results in doing something you don’t want to talk about the next morning or worse, can’t remember.
You may already know that binge and excessive drinking affects your body and mind. This interactive graphic has the details.
Use your DrinkSense
Want to control when you drink and how much?
Check out this tool for some ideas on what to say or do when you want to skip a drink or stick to your limit.
The most frequent binge drinkers are 18-24 years old, with those aged 25-34 coming up second.
Binge drinking doesn’t only occur at parties and in clubs. It can happen any place alcohol is served or consumed.
Perception isn't reality - especially when you've had too much to drink.
Take a look at this short video to see just how different perception can be from reality.
Why let drinking too much ruin a fun night? If you’re going to drink, it’s a good idea to stay within Canada’s Low Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines.
One way to do this is to know what a standard drink is so you can track how much alcohol you’re consuming or serving. Take the Home Bartending Challenge and see how your pouring skills measure up.
Some people think mixing energy drinks and alcohol will help reverse the effects of alcohol. Research shows that’s not true. What really happens is the caffeine in the energy drink hides the effect of the alcohol, making you think you drank less than you really did. Find out why that's risky.
When people drink to the point they are confused or can’t respond, they are beyond being drunk – they are suffering from alcohol poisoning. At this point, they can’t look after themselves and leaving them alone to “sleep it off” can have awful consequences.
If you think someone may have alcohol poisoning, call 911 immediately to get medical help – this one act can save a life.
If you’re around someone who is drunk and still able to respond and be understood, here are some tips to keep in mind:
Try to make sure the person doesn’t drink any more alcohol. Offer water or other non-alcoholic drinks.
Try to keep the person sitting up – reflexes and coordination decrease with alcohol intake.
Speak clearly and without yelling.
Stay with someone who is vomiting.
Lay a drunk person down on their side. A person who vomits while laying on their back or stomach could choke or breathe vomit into their lungs.
If possible, avoid giving the person coffee or other stimulants. These drinks won’t sober them up and they can cause more problems.
Making a person vomit can be harmful because they can choke.
A cold shower or throwing cold water on the person doesn’t help. The shock of temperature could send them into physical shock.