Chances are, you already have a pretty good idea of what exactly I’m referring to when I say “that girl.” If not, think back to the last time you were out at the bar. Was there one girl in particular that was a little louder than she needed to be, or was dancing (which probably didn’t resemble dancing as much as it did flailing her body parts) all by herself on the dance floor, or was in tears over nothing at all, or couldn’t seem to avoid that damn crack in the floor making her trip every time she walked past? Ladies, take note and guys, beware. She is that girl.
Each of us, girls and guys included, have had our moments that we aren’t very proud of or that we wish we could forget. And some of us may not remember these experiences first hand, but learned all about them the following morning from a group text where all of your friends are sending you embarrassing videos of yourself trying to climb over all of the booths in the bar because the floor was liquid-hot magma, or using a ketchup bottle as microphone featuring everyone who walked within five feet of you … or maybe that was just me. Anyways, yes, we have all made mistakes. But here’s how to make sure that you don’t repeat these traumatizing mistakes, and how you can forever avoid being “that girl” when you go out.
This is the underlying reason for the crying or mental breakdowns after one-too-many cocktails. When we go out in hopes of forgetting something that’s dragging us down or makes us feel depressed, we seem to think that we are invincible and have no limits on the number of alcoholic beverages we can consume. This is just a set up for bad things to happen. The worst part is that your problems will still be there when you wake up in the morning, along with an extra-large hangover and a half eaten taco.
Give yourself a spending limit.
One thing I learned to do after turning twenty-one was to only bring out a certain amount of cash and NOT bring out my credit card. When you only have a certain amount of money to spend, it’s likely that you won’t be able to drink too much and, let’s face it, in college nobody is willing to lend other people their beer money.
Don’t drink to impress.
If you can bong a beer in .2 seconds or take fourteen shots without flinching, you’ll look pretty cool to all of your friends. But you’ll feel like hell afterwards, and is that really all you want to be known for? We often times try too hard to keep up with others and how much they can drink to fit in. Find your own pace and stick to it. Puking in public bathrooms isn’t allowed, and puking in private bathrooms means the toilets probably aren’t very clean.
Don’t drink on an empty stomach.
This might come as a shocker to people like me who think about hardly anything else but what the next meal of the day is going to be, but drinking on an empty stomach is a no-no. If you want to get super drunk, sick and hung-over all within the first two hours of being out, then more power to you. If you want to be able to enjoy your drinks for a while and hold conversations with people and not dance on and then fall off the bard and basically just not be a slob-kabob, eat food before you start drinking.
Surround yourself with good people.
This one is sometimes hard for people. We all have our select friends that we call when we want to party, or the ones we call when we want to hit the gym, or the ones we rely on to air out our dirty laundry to. The people you choose to go out with are the people that should want to be with you throughout the night, not ditch you once they find some hotter people to talk to or once you start to annoy them. If you do get a little too drunk, you want your girls there to walk home with you, not leave you to stumble through the dark by yourself.
Put a lock on your phone.
Too many times drunk phone calls and text messages have nearly ruined lives (mostly mornings) because we just couldn’t wait to send them until we were sober. Put a lock on your phone, but write down the code somewhere at home. When you’re out drinking and have the urge to drunk-text some people and say really aggressive or inappropriate things that you typically wouldn’t, a lock will make you rethink wasting your time trying to remember the mysterious number combination that was magically set on your screen, and you’ll forget (hopefully) about the booty-call proposal you were about to send your lab partner.
These steps seem pretty simple, right? Follow them and share them with your friends.