Good Time Game Plan
It’s unlikely you’ll make it through college without the offer to consume alcohol or drugs. It’s a reality we will all face, so how come it’s such a taboo thing to discuss? We are all adults here, so let’s get a grasp on this topic.
This isn’t a lecture about not doing it but it is encouragement to have a game plan. I know planning your “fun” can seem like a contradiction. But having a game plan for how to safely navigate your night out is key to making it back to class on Monday.
Your party style will likely change a lot throughout the four years of college. As a freshman, you might be out with a primary goal of trying new things and making crazy memories you’ll tell later down the road. By your senior year, you probably are just looking to hang out with friends and have a good time.
The most common situation you’ll find yourself in is How to Get Home at the End of the Night. A lot of things can happen in between the party and getting home safe. Taxis, friends, neighbors and crashing on the couch will fill the gap between Point A and Point B.
I make it known to friends who are going out to call me if they need a ride. I will make sure they make it home safely. Make a plan within your circle of friends to have a designated driver or an “in case of emergency” number.
Stopping a Friend
Another situation is Arguing with that Prideful Arrogant Friend (rolls eyes) who thinks he or she can drive, but can hardly stand up. It seems like there is one at every party and bar.
The situation can quickly become a dramatic ordeal out of an MTV-style reality show. The best way to deal with a very intoxicated person is to talk to them in a calming, normal voice. When your emotions are heightened, most likely their response is going to be the same.
The Stopping Point
The last situation is The Cutoff, for either yourself or another friend. You can tell when people have had way too much because you can put a dunce cap on them and they won’t have a clue.
I cannot think of a time when blackout drinking was something I wanted to experience. Has it happened? Yes. But all it took was to be an investigative reporter and interview my friends of the night before. I ended up with a few jabs at my pride and a lesson learned.
Try replacing some of the drinks with water. Red Solo cups aren’t just for beer — you can fill them with water, too.
When closing time hits, your body is looking for two things: hydration and nutrients. Find them. I highly recommend the last drink you consume before ending the night is as much water as you can stomach. Your head and stomach will thank you in the morning.
Remember Your Game Plan
Now this talk isn’t to encourage drinking or engaging in drugs. I would hope by now you’re more than capable of making decisions for yourself. It’s about keeping yourself safe while making the best of your weekend. Have fun, but make a game plan and never lose sight of it. Keep resources with you. The better your plan, the more you can relax and focus on fun. Be responsible and be safe.