Don’t Drink If You’re…
Alcohol is as close to a universal experience as anyone can imagine. All over the world, people of wildly varying ethnic cultures have only several experiences in common – they pay taxes, they fall in love and they drink booze. We all love drinking and having a good time, but the night can get ugly real fast if you’re chugging beers under the following conditions. Take care of yourselves and don’t drink if you identify with anything on this list that we’ve lovingly compiled.
Don’t drink if you are a…
A Drunk Texter
I don’t even have to tell you why this is a bad idea. Every drunk text or call in the history of mankind is remembered with regretful distaste the next morning. And I’m not just talking about how mortifying texting an ex to say you miss them can be (although that’s plenty awful), but if you send a rude message to a boss or inappropriate texts to a friend or co-worker it could result in some serious ramifications for your social reputation and your job. Install a drunk dial blocker on your phone or leave it at home, or you might just wake up to the burning remains of your career or social life.
Singapore has serious rules regarding drunk driving. If the cops feel that you’ve lost control of your vehicle after drinking, they could charge you for driving under the influence of alcohol even if you test within the legal limit. And if you’re above that legal limit, failing a breathalyzer test could result in a penalty ranging from $1,000 to 5,000 in fines, as well as a driving ban for 48 months or longer. You could even serve a maximum of six months’ imprisonment the first time you’re caught. Even worse, you might accidentally injure or kill another person while driving under the influence of alcohol. Save yourself the trouble and cab back, why don’t you?
As your neighbourhood GP has surely warned you, medication and alcohol are a bad mix. Feeling under the weather? We suggest staying in to binge some Netflix before turning in early instead of taking some paracetamol before you go to the club. Drugs such as painkillers, antidepressants, sleeping pills, and antibiotics have produced strong negative effects when taken with, before or after alcohol. The variegated effects of consuming prescription and over-the-counter medicine have led to instances of vomiting, nausea, liver damage, dizziness and even lethal overdosing. Basically, please consult your doctor before washing your pills down with whiskey. And if you’re running a fever just sleep in tonight.
Don’t drink if you know you’ve got a bun in the oven. Dear mother-to-be, please don’t chase down your prenatal vitamins with a Cosmo. For the past half century, doctors have strongly cautioned an abstinence from alcohol during pregnancy. This is primarily because drinking while pregnant could result in Foetal Alcohol Spectrum disorders occurring in their unborn child, who is altered physically and mentally as a result of alcohol crossing its blood-brain barrier. For the next three trimesters, you might want to have a mocktail instead, moms.
An Online Shopper
Decisions made under the influence of alcohol aren’t always the best ones. Financial decisions made under the influence of alcohol are almost always disastrous ones. Have you ever woken up at home after getting blackout drunk to find that you’d just spent $500 on a limited edition glow-in-the-dark life-size Yoda statuette? If you know you have a habit of making purchases while drunk, try locking your phone or laptop away for the night. In fact, refrain from using any technology at all while you’re drinking. Let’s hope you locked your computer away or put it on a high shelf before you became inebriated enough to decide that a luminescent model of an alien muppet creature was a necessity.
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