21 Bad Things That Can Happen When You’re Drunk
Sometimes drunkenness is unintentional — the drinks are smooth, the night is long and a few cocktails turn into a few too many. Other times people aim at drunkenness, perhaps because it’s expected from their social set or because it seems to offer confidence or a way to escape negative feelings. Whatever relief the alcohol provides, however, is temporary and comes at a price. Sometimes the price is relatively small — a hangover or some morning-after embarrassment, for example — but sometimes the price is high.
It can’t hurt to pause before your next drink and consider whether you’re willing to risk a few of the bad things that can happen when you’re drunk. Among them:
- You say “yes” when you really mean “oh, hell no.”
- One word: vomit
- Your thumbs create a new language on your smartphone.
- You tell your secrets.
- You become the drinking game champion and win the grand prize: a stomach-pumping at the emergency room.
- You somehow remember your pin at the ATM but don’t remember what you spent all that money on.
- Everyone starts looking like a hook-up partner.
- Your desire to dance increases proportionally with your inability to do so.
- You pass out in a location that makes you an irresistible subject for a Facebook photo.
- Mug shots.
- You finally have the nerve to speak to the opposite sex but can’t form a complete sentence.
- “Inappropriate” loses its meaning.
- Stairs defeat you.
- Your desire strengthens, but your performance weakens.
- You decide the drop from the balcony to the pool really isn’t that far.
- You lose the ability to care about the things you’ll care about the next day.
- You text people you never wanted to speak to again.
- You find yourself at the mercy of others — who might or might not be merciful.
- You decide you drive better when you’re drunk and become responsible for one of the almost 30 daily deaths attributed to drunken driving.
- Or you decide to be good and walk home from the party, and you become one of the 1,500 drunk pedestrians killed
- Your drinking outpaces your body’s ability to get rid of the booze, and your brain’s most basic functions — including breathing — come to a halt.
What would you add to the list?
Need help? There are a number of ways to seek help from alcoholism.
By Kendal Patterson
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