Special events often include the presence of alcohol. Whether a sporting event or an opening at an art gallery, drinking is often expected and encouraged. To refrain from alcohol makes a person appear cold, aloof, and even just a “party pooper.” However, there are many unexpected risks of getting drunk at special events, even beyond the obvious danger of driving while intoxicated.
Risks of getting drunk at special events include:
Lowered body temperature. A common myth surrounding drinking at outdoor sporting events is that alcohol will help you warm up. This is true only for a short amount of time. Alcohol actually lowers your body’s core temperature, according to a 2013 article from Huffington Post. In fact, drinking while in the cold increases your risk of hypothermia and keeps your body from doing its natural function of shivering to keep warm.
Lowered inhibitions. While under the influence of alcohol, your personal inhibitions can be lowered. This means that you may do things while drunk that you wouldn’t naturally do, such as engaging in unprotected sex or using drugs. If you are drunk, you may even experience a blackout and be unaware of what you did.
Becoming a victim. According to a 2013 article from USA Today, alcohol is the number one date rape drug. The confusion, sedation, and even loss of consciousness that can occur with drunkenness leave people helpless against an assailant. In fact, the drug most commonly associated with rape is alcohol, not “date rape” drugs like rohypnol. Even men can become victims, suffering rape, assault, and theft.
Poor peer perception. Drinking too much in a social situation can lead others to think that you are out of control. If you are at an event where coworkers, colleagues, and even supervisors are present, drinking may cause those you work with to see you as less professional or capable in your work. This could cost you a promotion or even your job. Potential friends or potential dates could be turned off by your behavior.
These are just a few of the unexpected risks of getting drunk at special events. While drinking may be a socially accepted activity, the risks far outweigh the short-term benefits.
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