If you choose to drink, it's always smart to have a good plan. In fact, planning makes any social experience a lot more fun and memorable. The same goes for social events during which there is alcohol consumption.
First and foremost, plan on who is going to be the designated driver or how you can find other means of transportation. Second, think about how long the social event is going to last (i.e. tail-gating, a wedding reception or all-night party). Avoid rapid drinking or drinking games. When you play drinking games, you’re not in control of how much you drink.
When does alcohol abuse become alcohol dependence?
Many of the signs and symptoms of alcohol abuse overlap with the signs and symptoms of alcohol dependency. There is a fine line between the two, but the crossover occurs when the person becomes dependent on alcohol.
Minimize and avoid health risks by implementing research-based drinking guidelines. They are a guide to help you lower your risk for health and safety problems related to drinking.
If you are drinking too much or you feel that you should stop drinking altogether, the strategies contained in this brochure can help you improve your life and health: How to Cut Down on Your Drinking: http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/handout.htm