This article was published on November 11th, 2014
It’s here. That special time of the year when we’re supposed to be happy and cheerful! Then you get groceries and start to see Christmas items in the aisles. Seriously, it’s the beginning of November. Our American cousins still haven’t even had Thanksgiving yet and corporate marketers are already throwing it in our faces. Another year of stressful present shopping. Now, with the stress of course, comes the alcohol consumption. What is it about the, “most wonderful time of the year” that makes us want to drink ourselves silly? It would be an astute observation that it might have something to do with coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). One could argue, however, that summer is also one of the best times for alcohol sales too, and you might not be wrong!
So, here we are out and about, meeting at the usual spot for appetizers and some drinks. We’re getting ramped up, for what will most likely end in another dastardly morning hangover. We now have to make that choice. Take it easy, or go all out. Mostly it ends up with the latter but in any case, we need to think about staying safe. It’s hard enough navigating the drunk aggressive assholes shouldering everyone, or the smashed strumpets in high heels who insist on stabbing your feet with their stilettos. How are you even going to get home tonight? What arrangements are you making to be sure you won’t be, “that guy”.
Now if you live in the city, then you don’t really have to worry about driving. Cabs are usually ready to grind on weekends and if you can’t find one, walking isn’t too bad of an option, unless it’s raining. If you live in the suburbs or just don’t want to get soaked, you’re probably driving. There’s honestly probably 3-4 roadblocks a night on weekends when counterattack and other police road-check programs get started, and with all the traffic it’s really risky to take a chance. With the way the laws are right now, if the police smell alcohol on your breath, you very likely will end up walking, or cabbing home while your car and license are left in the care of the police. When you take into account the fact most of us need our vehicle for transportation and the cost in fines, it’s not a very hard choice to make.
Here are the top 5 ways to make sure you end up home safely every night, no matter how much fun you have!
- Plan for your way home. Getting one friend to not drink is ridiculous and could be considered torture so book a professional designated driver. They drive you in your car home like a chauffeur. It’s safe, inexpensive and classy!
- Drink water in between the alcohol. The most major factor that affects your blood alcohol is your hydration. One of the biggest reasons we get wasted is because as we become more dehydrated, our body stops filtering out toxins allowing the alcohol to build up exponentially. Your night will last much longer and you might remember how much fun you had!
- Enjoy some food while drinking or before you start! Eating a meal helps to kick start your metabolic processes. Your metabolism could be considered as the rate at which you process any incoming nutrients into your body. Faster it is, the more beverages you can drink!
- Pace yourself! You’ve seen it so many times. Those people that have drink after drink, not even waiting 5 minutes in between. It seems like a lot of fun at first, until you end up praying to the toilet gods or not even making it there. That’s not only embarrassing, it’s not good for your body.
- Try not to mix drugs and alcohol. Social drugs like cocaine, ecstasy, or cannabis can be enjoyable on their own if you’re prepared, with people you trust and in the right environment. It gets a little trickier when you throw alcohol into the mix. Drugs like ecstasy and cocaine can just add to the symptoms you’re already suffering from and can cause you to overdrink more than your body can handle. Cannabis will just put you into a comatose state if you’re already drunk.
Remember that you’re a different person while intoxicated on any drug. Yes, alcohol is a drug too. Everything in moderation and make plans beforehand. You’ll have an awesome time and probably have some memories too… unless you love the camera phone surprises the next day!