Did You

On average, "pre-drinking" almost doubles your total drinks in a night.1

Every drink counts. But are you counting every drink?

Let's be honest. Whether you call it pre-drinking, pre-gaming or anything else, drinking is drinking. Your body can't tell where you are or what time it is. But for some reason,

a lot of people glaze over how much they drink before going out. And if you don't count every drink, you put yourself at risk for some pretty unpleasant stuff.

Unpleasant Stuff

pre-drinking can increase your chance of any of these happening.1

Hangovers. Doesn't it feel like each new hangover is worse than the last?

Memory Loss & Blackouts. Someone else remembers what you did even if you don't. Chances are you'll regret it once you're filled in.

Missing Work or School. When your nights get away from you, you’ll probably spend the days after stuck on the couch—and those days can catch up quick.

Taking Drugs. Losing count of your drinks can mean losing your judgment too. Adding drugs to the mix can take you places you don’t want to go.

Violence. Walking away from a bad situation gets harder and harder the more you drink—and violence never ends well.

Unplanned Sex. Sex with a stranger might sound like fun—but there's a good chance your health and emotions won't be so fun in the long run.

Drunk Driving. You drove to the bar with your blood alcohol below the limit. But after a few more, how will you decide to get your car home?

Alcohol Poisoning. No one has ever enjoyed getting their stomach pumped. And that's the best-case scenario.

The AGLC is committed to reducing harm caused by alcohol consumption in Alberta. By increasing public awareness of potential risks, our goal is to enable Albertans to make positive choices for themselves and consume alcohol in a responsible way.

  1. Florian Labhart, Kathryn Graham, Samantha Wells, and Emmanuel Kuntsche. "Drinking Before Going to Licensed Premises: An Event-Level Analysis of Predrinking, Alcohol Consumption, and Adverse Outcomes." Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research 37.2 (2012): 284-91. Print.