Set: The brain is still developing up until the age of 25 years, so to reduce harm, it is important to avoid, delay, and reduce risky drinking during this period.
Setting: We tend to make more risky decisions in the company of friends, and consequently, often high-risk drinking occurs at social events. To reduce harm, it can help to plan whether you’re going to drink at all, determine how much you want to drink, and decide on a reasonable time to stop drinking, before arriving at the event.
Drug: Alcohol can interact with other drugs in a dangerous or even fatal way. It is important to avoid polysubstance use (taking other drugs at the same time) when consuming alcohol, and particularly avoid consuming other central nervous system depressants, such as opioids, GHB, and benzodiazepines.