Ever wanted to drink a ton of alcohol in a short amount of time? Or wanted to “catch up” with everyone else? Well, that’s called front loading (consuming a large amount of alcohol in a short amount of time). It often centers on hard liquor.

Although it may initially seem cool, most people visit the “porcelain god” about an hour or two later. Your body is overtaxed in its effort to metabolize the alcohol. Vomit. Pass out. Definitely hung over.

Pace your drinking, take steps to enhance the experience (i.e. not recklessly pregame) and you’ll be more likely to stop before unwanted and sometimes harmful things happen. However, if you front load to the point of not knowing when to stop, it can be too late. You’ll sort of skid into unwanted, disagreeable, and even dangerous things like:

  • hangovers
  • nausea or vomiting
  • memory loss or blackouts
  • academic consequences
  • property damage
  • arguments and fights
  • trouble with the law
  • being taken advantage of sexually or
  • taking advantage of someone else sexually
  • doing things you may later regret
  • alcohol poisoning

Stanford University - Office of Alcohol Policy and Education