Social drinking is the consumption of alcohol within limits to induce socialization and to participate in cultural norms. Individuals partaking in social drinking do so for many reasons, including as a social lubricant at parties or bars, with meals, at family functions, among friends, on a date, or as part of cultural traditions. The consumption of alcohol in a safe, legal, and responsible manner and keeping one's blood alcohol level lower than legal limits are within the realm of social drinking. Social drinking does not include consumption of excessive amounts of alcohol. Obviously, if a drinker experiences negative consequences from alcohol consumption (e.g., being arrested for driving under the influence [DUI], vomiting, blackout), this is not considered social drinking. Social drinking is also referred to ...

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