There are many things we all know we should never do when we’re drunk: driving, tweeting, calling your ex, and singing karaoke just to name a few.
However, there are certain things you tend to do when drunk that you may not know can cause dangerous or deadly effects.
These are eight drinking “don’ts,” you should know so that when you wake up the next morning, the only damage control you need to do is eat a greasy breakfast.
1. Take a painkiller.
Acetaminophen, the ingredient in Tylenol can cause liver damage—and so can alcohol. When you combine the two, it increases their toxicity and creates even more danger. If you take this pill, don’t drink—and don’t pop them at the end of the night in an attempt to prevent a hangover. It’s not effective, and you’re increasing the risk of damaging your organs.
2. Drive a boat.
Alcohol is the cause of 39% of all boating fatalities, according to the US Coast Guard. In addition to dulling your coordination of all of the skills needed to navigate, you’re also struggling to maintain your balance. There’s no seatbelt—and my guess is you’re probably not wearing a life vest. Save the ride for when you’re sober.
Do you really wonder why casinos will give you free drinks if you’re gambling… Alcohol impairs your judgment and impulse control, which makes you more likely to bet—and bet big.
4. Soak in a hot tub.
Despite what music videos may have you believe, drinking and hot-tubbing isn’t that sexy. Heat and alcohol are both dehydrating. When mixed together, you’re less likely to notice the signs of dehydration such as a headache, thirst, or dizziness.
5. Go for a swim.
Booze affects all the skills you need to keep yourself afloat. Alcohol use is involved in up to 70 percent of deaths associated with water sports, and almost 25% of all emergency-room visits are from drowning incidents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
6. Take shots.
Buying a round of Jack to shoot sounds like a great idea when you’re wasted! However, when you’re hammered and continue to drink, you run the risk of raising your blood alcohol level too high, too fast, causing a blackout or true overdose. Have some water and a bite to eat instead before pounding back another.
7. Swallow a sleeping pill.
Combining alcohol with a sleeping pill is a recipe for amnesia or worse, a deadly OD. Booze and snooze drugs overlap in how they affect the brain, particularly in the areas associated with sleepiness and memory, so the effects may be magnified. There’s a greater chance of sleepwalking, sleep-eating etc. and not remembering a thing when you wake after a mix of alcohol and sleep medication.
8. Have a heart-to-heart.
Many people think that alcohol makes you more honest, but the reality is that it just makes it harder for you to keep your feelings to yourself. The lack of impulse control you have when you’re wasted could cause you to say something you don’t truly mean or hurt someone’s feelings. You might get into an argument or commit to something you really don’t want to do. Wait for tomorrow before talking about important matters.