Slow and steady wins the race — the drunk race. If you’re one of those people who lines up each weekend to get two or three drinks at the bar (for yourself) or who plans an hour of pre-gaming before a few hours of drinking games, your nights probably don’t end so well. Try a new tactic: pacing yourself and enjoying the party. Here’s how to stay safe and have a great time.
Step 1: Chill.
First and foremost, you are not out to show everyone how much you can drink. You’re out to enjoy yourself with your friends, play a few games, and get home safely so you can wake up and do it all over again on Saturday.
Step 2: Buddy-up.
Find someone to get your drink only when he gets his own. That way, you can drink that Bud as fast as you want, you’ll just have to wait empty-handed until you get your next one. The thought of being beer-less at a party could be enough to slow you down.
Step 3: Don’t binge.
Binge drinking is defined by the Centers for Disease Control as “drinking 5 or more drinks during a single occasion for men or 4 or more drinks during a single occasion for women.” This includes chugging those Solo cups and playing too many drinking games in a row. Slow down. Besides, you’ll have to jog off all those calories tomorrow.
Step 4: Take breaks.
You don’t have to be involved in every game of beer pong, so take a few minutes and head outside for some air and a non-alcoholic drink. Or head to the bathroom and splash some water on your face. Don’t forget to keep food in your stomach. Solid food slows the absorption of alcohol and helps you from getting too drunk too quickly.
Step 5: Pizza.
And what better party food is there than pizza? There’s nothing like a huge piece of cheesy pizza covered in ranch dressing to send you into a calm, easy, sleep-coma. But you only get it if you can bypass the violent, throw-up induced spasm-fest on the bathroom floor you usually fall asleep to.
Hey, we all make mistakes and misjudge our inebriation here and there. But chronic bingeing puts an extreme amount of stress on your liver, which can lead to complications in almost every system in your body, including liver and heart disease, psychological disorders and high blood pressure, which leads to complications on its own. It gets expensive, and it can literally break you down until you can’t function outside of a hospital.
Remember, if you start the match throwing haymakers, you’ll end up getting knocked out early. You’re pacing yourself at these drinking games so you can stay safe, both physically and psychologically. Too much alcohol can send you to the emergency room with alcohol poisoning and a vacuum down your throat. If you don’t learn to pace yourself, you’d better get used to the feeling.