Anyone who’s seen their normally shy co-worker dancing on the bar at the company party knows drinking can lower inhibitions. Getting drunk can come with repercussions far worse than feeling embarrassed—it can lead to risky decisions.
“Drinking too much on just one occasion can change your life for the worse,” says Gregory A. Smith, M.D., an addiction specialist at the Comprehensive Pain Relief Group in Los Angeles.
Alcohol is also a factor in approximately 60 percent of fatal burn injuries and drownings, 40 percent of fatal falls and car accidents, and half of all sexual assaults, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).
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