Controlling Blood Alcohol Concentration
Tips For Contolling BAC:
Despite the warnings, many teens
will still drink. People drink and use
other drugs to feel good. Experimentation with alcohol during
the teen years is common. Some reasons that teens use alcohol
and other drugs are:
* it feels good
* to reduce stress and relax
* to fit in
* to feel older
So, no matter what people say
and do, teens will drink, and it is important to provide tips
for safer drinking, to reduce alcohol poisoning and the other
dangers that occur with consuming large quantities of alcohol.
The following is a list of some tips that you can follow to help
you control your Blood Alcohol Levels and ensure that you do not
become too intoxicated, and risk poisoning.
1. Pace your drinking, allow time between drinks.
2. Consider alternating non-alcoholic "decoy"
drinks with those containing alcohol, ie. drinking plain orange
juice every other drink.
3. Don't drink on an empty stomach, foods with
fats and/or proteins slow alcohol absorption.
4. Keep track of how much you are drinking; know
how much alcohol is poured into every glass.
5. Dilute distilled beverages, don't drink them
straight. After the first few drinks, reduce the amount of alcohol
in each drink. (Your taste buds will be dulled and you won't be
able to tell the difference.) Switch to "light beer"
or "low alcohol" wines after the first few drinks. (Again,
your taste buds will be dulled and you won't be able to tell the
6. Avoid possible interactions between alcohol
and other drugs (including certain foods and over-the-counter
7. Drink only if YOU want to, don't let others
dictate your choice.
8. Keep active. Don't just sit down and drink
all night. If you keep active you will drink less and will be
more aware of your level of intoxication.
9. Keep out of "Chugging" contests
or other drinking "games."
10. Stop drinking before the party is over, to
allow your liver time to burn off some of the alcohol. Drink non-alcoholic
beverages the last hour or so.
11. Keep in mind that an added ice cube, a slightly
smaller glass, or a "decoy" drink will go undetected
by others. They may help you to resist the well-meaning efforts
of others at the party who can't stand to see someone without
a drink in their hand and those who may feel they need to pressure
you into drinking.
12. Responsible alcohol use means that you won't
be sorry in the morning!
Effects of Alcohol