Beginning with the celebration of the new year, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services offers these tips to help you be safe if you drink alcohol any day of the year:
- Wait until age 21. The youth and young adult brain, heart, and liver aren’t developed enough to appropriately process the alcohol in beer, wine, and spirits.
- Don’t be a party to teenage drinking. Adults should neither buy alcohol for underage family and friends nor serve them alcohol at parties.
- Avoid alcohol while pregnant. There is no known safe amount of alcohol use during pregnancy or while trying to get pregnant
- Avoid mixing alcohol and drugs. The combination can be deadly.
- Sip, don’t chug. The ability to make healthy decisions is quickly impaired when drinking too much, too fast.
- Never drive after drinking. Plan to get home safely before you have the first drink – designate a sober driver, schedule a taxi ride, know the bus routes.
If your drinking habits impact school, work, and relationships, help is available. The Department of Health Services supports many prevention, treatment, and recovery programs across Wisconsin.
Learn more about preventing the misuse of alcohol.