Mixer-Nixers: Top 10 Drinking Dangers
Before your next drink, learn more about what doesn't mix well with alcohol.
When the good times start to roll, there's more to staying safe than handing
over your car keys and avoiding prescription medications. In fact, there are
some serious drinking dangers that can turn your happy hour into a trip to the
emergency room if you mix your favorite cocktail with something risky -- or
something ordinary for that matter.
Here are the top 10 booze-drinking-combo dangers you should be aware of
before you crack open a cold one.
Sports and Booze
We saw it in the 2006 Winter Olympics with skiing phenom Bode Miller, but no
matter how many Olympic medals you have, sports and booze spell trouble.
"I think that part of the reason drinking tends to happen in sports is
that it becomes an association," says Jenn Berman, PhD, a psychologist in
private practice in Beverly Hills, Calif., who was a member of the 1984 Olympic
team in gymnastics. "You have a beer on the beach when you're playing
volleyball, or you have a rum and cider when you're on the slopes skiing. The
problem is it's not a good association."
Clearly, there's a level of risk in sports without adding alcohol to the
mix. With alcohol, the risk climbs --significantly.
"The combination of alcohol and sports is very destructive," says
Berman. "The obvious consequences are getting hurt. You are so much more
likely to get hurt when you've even had one drink because alcohol slows your
motor skills and your judgment."
Alcohol and Sex
They're an age-old combination, but these two together can definitely mean
some serious consequences.
"The consequences of mixing alcohol and sex are you are less likely to
use a condom, you're more likely to get a venereal disease, or get pregnant, or
get someone pregnant," Berman tells WebMD. "You're also more likely to
sleep with someone you wouldn't otherwise sleep with."
According to the collegedrinkingprevention.gov web site, "400,000
students between the ages of 18 and 24 had unprotected sex, and more than
100,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 report having been too
intoxicated to know if they consented to having sex."