Learn how to use your DrinkSense when it comes to buying, serving and enjoying liquor.
Think you know your liquor? Let's find out!
Fact: A standard drink has the same amount of alcohol, whether it's wine, beer or spirits.
Fact: Only time can sober you up because that's what your body needs to get rid of the alcohol. You'll still be impaired with any of these other things.
Fact: Females have less fluid in their bodies so when they drink, the concentration of alcohol in their blood is higher. They feel the effects of alcohol faster and for longer. Women are also more likely to experience long-term health problems related to alcohol sooner than men.
Fact: Health professionals recommend not drinking during the entire nine months of pregnancy.
Fact: Food slows down how quickly your body absorbs alcohol, but you'll still become impaired, just more slowly.
Fact: Coolers, sparkling wine and cocktails with soda enter the bloodstream at a faster rate than flat drinks. That means if your drinks are bubbly, you'll feel the effects of alcohol sooner.
Fact: The type of alcohol doesn't matter - any kind, in any combination, affects you depending on its alcohol content.
Fact: Teens and young adults may have their physical and mental development affected, while older people become more sensitive to the effects of alcohol.
How many of these do you know?
Plan a safe way home.
Before you leave for your night out, figure out how you'll get home. Keep some money for a taxi or bus fare.
Know your limits.
Before going out, decide on a drink limit that's right for you and stick to it.
Have some non-alcoholic drinks. Take a pass on shots and top-ups. Avoid drinking games.
Stick to your limit.
Measure and pour your own drinks, and keep them standard size. Once you reach your limit, switch to pop or water.
Eat before or while you drink.
Your body absorbs alcohol more slowly when your stomach is full. That’s why it’s best to eat before or while you drink instead of after.
Make sure no one adds anything to your drink. Get your own, drink your own, watch your own.
There's a lot more information on how to enjoy liquor responsibly. Learn what else you can do to engage your DrinkSense.
If you're concerned about your drinking or that of someone you know, there are more problem drinking resources you can turn to.