DRINK RESPONSIBLY. Heading out with friends for a night of fun and enjoyment is a great way to relieve the stress of the week. Whether you’re headed to your favorite pub, down to the bowling alley, out for a night of dancing or something else, chances are good that alcohol will play a part in your evening. A few tips will help ensure that you get the most enjoyment out of your night while keeping you and your friends safe at the same time. Here are four important tips you need to know.
1. COUNT THE MINUTES
It takes your body time to process alcohol. If you’re downing glass after glass or beer after beer, you’re not giving your body enough time to do its job. The immediate upshot of this is that sudden blurring sensation and the realization that you’re drunk. You can avoid that and maintain an enjoyable buzz level by just making sure that you leave enough time between drinks for your body to process the alcohol.
2. TRACK YOUR DRINKING
While it might seem like a chore, there are some good reasons to keep track of how many drinks you’ve had. First, it can be very easy to get caught up in the excitement of the night. Before you realize it, you’ve had far too much to drink and your friends are carrying you home. Keep a count of how many drinks you’ve had (no matter what you’re drinking), and know when it’s time to quit. Never let having a good time get in the way of being safe.
3. KEEP AN EYE ON YOUR FRIENDS
While you’re out enjoying the night, try to keep an eye on your friends (and make sure they’re doing the same for you). If it seems that one of your friends has had too much to drink and is about to leave, take his or her keys and get a cab. If one of your friends has downed too many drinks, take a cool-off break with them to give their body some time to process the alcohol.
4. HAVE A PLAN AND REMEMBER IT
Make sure that before you head out the door for your night out, you and your friends have a plan for the evening. That plan should include where you’re going, where you’ll spend the night afterwards and how you’ll get there.