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Boating and Drinking

According to a study published in the December 2001 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association, a person's chances of dying in a boating accident -- either as a passenger or at the helm -- soar when you add alcohol to the equation, even if the amounts of alcohol are small. After reaching the blood alcohol concentration limit of legal intoxication in most states, your odds of getting killed rise by 30%, according to the study. And when you're three times beyond the legal limit with a blood-alcohol content of 0.25, you are 50 times more likely to die than a sober boater. When you do the math, boating and drinking can equal disaster.

Alcohol and Marijuana

"The big three when you mix alcohol and cannabis are: effect on judgment, effect on motor performance, and sedation," says Christopher Welsh, MD, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Both alcohol and marijuana have sedating properties, so when the two are combined, the effects are additive, explains Welsh.

"Animal studies have shown that motor performance is significantly impaired if you combine the two, compared to each on their own," Welsh tells WebMD. "This has also been shown in some human studies."

Sedation and an impairment of motor performance together leave a person with a less than perfect sense of judgment.

Alcohol and ... Almost Everything

Drinking alcohol can almost always put you at an increased risk for a bad ending in some way, shape, or form. Here are other activities that just aren't good bedfellows for alcohol:

If you're riding a bike after a few drinks and are legally drunk, your chances of being seriously or fatally injured while on two wheels increases by 2,000%, according a study published in the February 2001 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association.

According to the web site, mixing alcohol and academics doesn't help when a student is trying make the grade: "About 25% of college students report academic consequences of their drinking including missing class, falling behind, doing poorly on exams or papers, and receiving lower grades overall."

Finally, when it's hot and sunny, and all you want is an ice-cold mixed drink, think again. Alcohol can hinder the body's ability to regulate temperature, and alcoholic drinks can also cause you to lose excess amounts of body fluid, according to the CDC web site. Both of these can overload your body, leading to dehydration and heat exhaustion.

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