What Are Some Examples of Risky Behavior?

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Some examples of risky behavior are alcohol abuse, smoking, abusing drugs and having unprotected sex. Risky behavior is defined as ill-advised practices and actions that are potentially detrimental to a person’s health or general well-being. For example, driving at high speeds when under the influence of alcohol not only puts the driver at risk, but also other occupants in the car, as well as other drivers on the road.

A person who is engaging in risky behaviors often endangers the life and well-being others around them. Irresponsible drinking and drug abuse may lead to physical fights. Another example of risky behavior is having multiple sex partners. A person risks contracting sexually transmitted infections such as AIDS, gonorrhea and syphilis. In addition, the person could spread these diseases to other people.

Other examples of risky behavior are engaging in extreme sports such as sky diving, scuba diving, wrestling and high-speed motor sports. Although these sports are only moderately risky, participants are advised to perfect them before engaging in them competitively. Teenagers and youth are most vulnerable to risky behavior. Most of them drink, smoke and abuse drugs due to peer pressure. Others may take steroids to grow muscles fast to emulate movie stars. Girls may go for dangerous plastic surgeries and harmful bleaches to look like their favorite celebrities but in the process cause harm to their bodies.