We’re going to a 3-day rockabilly weekender where one of the biggest draws is an enormous liquor store steps from the hotel parking lot. The last time we went to a weekender, someone we know vomited in a swimming pool. There’s a big pool party on the last day of this weekender, and Liz really digs her new swimsuit, so nobody better puke in the pool this time.
It’s been awhile since we’ve drank so socially, and so prolifically. Based on our years of hard(er) partying, here are some tips for how to drink socially.
NOTE: Don’t do this more than a few times a year, please, or you’ll have to stop drinking, and that’s no fun for anyone.
- Plan: Where are you going? At what time? What food will be there? If it’s a brunch, eat a little breakfast beforehand. If it’s a concert, go out for a hearty meal (pizza is great) and bring water, if it’s allowed. Carry Advil with you.
- Don’t Stop Drinking: This is one of many reasons we hate the dinner-and-a-movie date. Who wants to have a glass of wine, then sit for two hours? This sounds like bedtime (or a headache). If you have a drink at lunchtime, you don’t necessarily have to drink all day long. You can just double up on water, and maybe have an extra cup of coffee. If you have a drink at dinner, stay out on the town, just have another drink. It’s good for you.
- Pace Yourself: If you’re going for a few hours, and you’ll be somewhere with food, remember to eat something with every drink. Drink something you’ll nurse (full-flavored beers are good at accomplishing that task) and drink a couple glasses of water. Definitely take an ibuprofen (with a big glass of H2O) before settling into a decent stretch (6+ hours?) of sleep.
- Know Yourself: From experience, I know I can’t mix more than two types of liquor without puking, too much red wine gives me a headache, and if I have more than 3 drinks, I just fall asleep. So, now, if I start with a cocktail and switch to beer, I make the switch permanent. If I’m drinking red, it’s usually an evening of classy moderation. If I’m drinking more than 3 drinks (like, at a weekender), I plan for a nap. Be aware of yourself, track your experiences, and keep them in mind when you’re out drinking.
- Have Fun//Be Safe: Cut loose. Dance. Sing karaoke. Now you have amazing stories to tell the next time you go out drinking. But be sure you’ll remember your stories or, at least, hang out with someone who will. It’s never your fault if someone takes advantage of you, but it still pays to be smart. Go out with people who will take care of you, and stick with at least one person who doesn’t drink (or who holds their liquor REALLY well).