A rough guide to basic partying

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In this brief article, I give a series of basic tips in order to pottentially aid ones enjoyment of weekend nights out.

Submitted: May 29, 2016

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A ROUGH GUIDE TO BASIC PARTYING

INTRODUCTION

Have you ever asked yourself, “What is the perfect night out?” Or have you ever thought to yourself “my nights out always suck”? Well then it is possible that this rough guide to the different factors that should be taken into account when planning an evening may be useful to you. But firstly, the reader must acknowledge that this guide is exactly what is says in the title, a rough guide. The items covered within are the most basic elements common to a stereotypical Friday or Saturday night in today’s youth culture. For example events such as festivals or drug use other than alcohol are not covered, so if you are seeking information on specific things such as these, you won’t find it here. However the basics are present, so to get a general idea of how to party then take a look, you have nothing to lose, and a fair amount to gain (if you are a “novice”). I will also state that the ideas here are utterly relative to the individual who plans to have a night out, and therefore may seem utterly useless or ridiculous, and if you already know what you like and how to do it, then this little piece of writing probably won’t be very useful. But anyway, enough with the introduction, let’s get down to it.

CONTENTS:

-alcohol

-the levels of drunkenness

-so now that I know about the levels of drunkenness, how should I drink?

-how to avoid throwing up and preventing hangovers

-where to party

-bars

-house parties

-clubs

-drinking at home or in the street

-staying safe

-avoiding conflict

-drunken impulses

CONCLUSION

 

 

 

 

ALCOHOL

As everyone knows, alcohol plays a crucial role when it comes to classic partying, so it is fundamental to understand what it does, how to consume it, and how to avoid things going wrong.

THE LEVELS OF DRUNKENNESS

To properly understand how much you should drink, it is necessary to explain and classify the different levels of alcohol intoxication that will occur depending on how much you drink. There are many different ways to organize the different stages of drunkenness, but perhaps the most simple is the McGregor classification, published in 2015. This system uses 4 levels (plus decimal subdivisions of each level, each one being divided into 10 decimal points, e.g. “level 3.1, 3.2, 3.3” etc) to classify the characteristics and stages of alcohol intoxication. The first stage is level one. In this first stage the drinker will not feel drunk, but the earliest stages of the alcohol will be felt, a lightness of mood may occur and the urge to keep drinking will be strong. Next comes level two, it is now that the drink is starting to properly take effect, it is in some ways an exaggeration of level one, the same sunny and excitable mood may be felt, although more potently, and the drinker will probably feel elevated, optimistic, and capable of anything. Body coordination will be slightly affected, as well the stability of thought control. For some, this is the perfect level at which to enjoy clubbing. And now come the so called “upper levels”, starting with level three. Level three is the classic stage during which the drinker is feeling all of the classic effects of alcohol, the consumer could now officially be classified as “drunk”. Body coordination will be more seriously affected, control over the mind and awareness are now more compromised, and speech may be affected. The drinker has now shifted drastically away from the plain of sobriety and into the world of “the drunk”, the probability of vomiting has increased and it is during this stage that a more extreme clubbing experience can be had. The last level of the McGregor classification is level four. If level two is an exaggeration of level one, then level four is an exaggeration of level three. The drinker is now totally and completely in the grip of the drug, mental and physical stability are severely compromised, and speech will very probably be heavily affected. Once the drinker has reached this stage, vomiting is very likely, especially as the decimal levels rise. Awareness of one’s surroundings is at an all time low. It is concerning what happens at the end of level 4, (levels 4.7, 4.8 and 4.9) that there is substantial debate. Some authors (Dr Robertson) have modified the McGregor system to include a level 5, a level which has no decimal subdivisions, but which translates simply as “ethylic coma”. Call it what you wish, when one reaches level 5 or “beyond the limits of level 4”, the drinker will pass out, and medical attention will be necessary to avoid, in extreme cases, death.

SO NOW THAT I KNOW ABOUT THE LEVELS OF DRUNKENNESS, HOW SHOULD I DRINK?

This is a very difficult question to answer, and depends entirely on the drinker. A proper understanding of the levels of alcohol intoxication are very important, one must learn to recognize the symptoms of each level, to be able to plan whether or not to continue drinking. It also depends on each individuals desired level that is necessary for them to enjoy the effects of alcohol. Some people enjoy the raised spirits and the energy that comes with level two, without needing to venture into the upper levels, while some more extreeme drinkers require the total loss of sobriety that is reached during levels three and four to be content. It also depends on what you plan to do during your evening. Are you simply going out for dinner and a few drinks with friends? Then perhaps a maximum of level two will be sufficient to enjoy the evening. However, if one is going clubbing, or going to a party where most people will be experiencing the upper levels, then stages three and four may be the levels to aim for. There is however a fatal mistake that everyone will make at some point in their life, especially if they are inexperienced. And that mistake is to drink too quickly. One of the keys of drinking alcohol is to know how long it will take for the drug to take effect, and since it is never immediate, a common error is to drink more, to achieve the desired level faster. This is dangerous, especially in the upper levels; one can be for example level 3.2 and want to be at level 3.6, and since the effects of the upper levels alter ones thought process, the individual may drink three shots to get there faster, when only one shot is necessary. The results? The person may find themselves on the doorstep or indeed at level four, with potentially devastating results. Therefore it is critical to know how much one needs to drink to get to the level they want to be at. And when in doubt, a little patience and a pause between drinks can mean the difference between a wonderful drunken evening and being violently sick, wanting it all to stop. Another tip is not to drink large amounts of pure spirits. Spirits mixed with soft drinks are safer, often more enjoyable and the sugar in the soft drinks will help give you energy.

HOW TO AVOID THROWING UP AND PREVENTING HANGOVERS

There is also another thing that the drunken individual can do that will dramatically reduce the probabilities of vomiting, and will usually prevent the dreaded hangover from ever happening. It is the tip that everyone knows, but no one ever does. The unused secret is simply to drink water. One of the most effective ways is to use handfuls as measurements. A pint of beer or similar drinks will require roughly 5 handfuls of water to be on the safe side, and shots of spirits will require the same amount. Therefore a hypothetical combination of a pint of cider followed by a shot of tequila should require around 10 handfuls of water, obtainable in the sink of the establishment where the alcohol is being consumed (if it’s a bar, club or house party). What about drinks like cocktails? Well most cocktails have fruit juices and other non alcoholic drinks mixed in, so less water will be needed than if you are drinking beer and shots. Roughly 7 handfuls should be enough. And to be extra safe, drink an extra handful or handfuls than the number indicated here. Almost everybody ignores this age old anti-hangover technique; however it usually works and can be worth doing if hangovers are a terrible prospect. Can’t be bothered? There is no cure for a hangover once it hits, but it can be soothed by drinking beverages like orange juice, and by simply sleeping it off. There is also another tip to avoid hangovers and vomiting. And that is not to mix your drinks, for example beer with wine, or whiskey with vermouth, although this tip, like so many, will vary person to person, and may or may not have an effect on their state. Another age old tip is to eat before or during drinking. This will help soak up the alcohol.

WHERE TO PARTY

When planning an evening, it is very important to know what you are going to do, and where you are going to go, so here is a list of the most common places where partying can be undertaken.

BARS

Bars are a classic place where people gather to drink alcohol, socialize and generally have fun. They come in all shapes and sizes, so the individual should consider what sort of bar they will enjoy the most. Various things should be taken into account, such as the price of the drinks, the type of music played, the type of people who generally go there, its reputation (should it have one), how busy its likely to be, what time it closes at etc... It’s also important to consider ones personal preferences. Are you someone who likes to go to one bar and stay there until it closes or do you like to move around? The preferences of the people you go with should also be taken into account; it is most productive if all the members of the group have a similar party style, to avoid differences of opinion, and bad nights out due to the needs of others.

HOUSE PARTIES

Similar considerations should be made as with bars when it comes to house parties, as well as certain other ones. Do you know the host or hosts of the party? Do you know any of the guests, and do you get on well with them? There is one thing that one should be very wary of when it comes to house parties, and that is the location of the house, and how loud the music is likely to be. If it is in the middle of a crowded residential area and the volume is turned right up on the speakers, then the neighbours will complain, and the police may even get involved. One should consider these possibilities, and make sure they don’t get into trouble when it can be avoided.

CLUBS

One needs to have their preferences very clear when it comes to clubbing, and the same guidelines as bars apply. It’s no fun to go to a club with bad music, bad people, or if there will be no one there. Therefore, if it’s your first time going to the club you decide to go to, it may be productive to research it a little first, to make sure you will enjoy yourself there. Also be very careful you don’t end up paying the entrance fee (which most clubs have) only to find yourself in an empty room. Bouncers will usually tell you there are people inside even if there aren’t, because they want your money. There is a trick to avoid this problem; most clubs if there are people inside will have a crowd outside smoking or socializing, so judging how many people there are outside can help you get an idea about how many people there are inside. And of course, things like long lines to get in are a more obvious way of telling if it’s worth going in or not. Now we come to the 4 “rules” of clubbing. Following these 4 simple guidelines may help you to get the most out of your clubbing experience. Rule 1 is drink enough. For the more introverted, clubbing while not drunk enough may be a terrible and unsatisfying experience, so level 2-3 of alcohol intoxication is recommended. Rule 2 is don’t go alone, always go with at least one friend, so you have a point of contact. Rule 3 is dance enough, to be honest, dancing isn’t everybody’s thing, but if you hate dancing, then why are you going clubbing? Rule 4 is social interaction, in any number of variations. Be it making friends or getting off with somebody, social interaction is one of the aspects that most people enjoy the most about clubbing. These 4 guidelines are exactly that, just guidelines, they can be modified to meet each clubbers need, but offer general suggestions as to what will make clubbing more fun.

DRINKING AT HOME OR IN THE STREET

Drinking at home with friends (or on your own) is often an enjoyable way to “party” and is much cheaper than going to bars or clubs. However, certain things must be taken into account, such as noise levels (the same as house parties) to avoid whining neighbours and or police intervention. It might also be wise to place breakable items out of reach, to prevent accidents caused by stumbling level 4 alcoholic zombies. When drinking in the street (or anywhere outside the home and of established alcohol selling venues) there are various factors that should be considered. Usually drinking in the street is illegal, so basic street smarts are necessary. Choose a place that is secluded (without being dangerous) to avoid prying eyes, and be ready to get up and leave quickly at any moment, should the police or any other party threatening entity approach. And obviously, the less noise the better, nothing attracts the feds more than yelling or blaring music. And be especially cautious about urinating, they will often get you when your guard is down.

STAYING SAFE

AVOIDING CONFLICT

As we all know, alcohol isn’t always a tool for social enjoyment, when intoxicated our psychological characteristics sometimes become more apparent (often in everyday life we mask them to make things “easier” or avoid the judgement of others, we are social animals after all) and basically someone with potentially aggressive or argumentative personality traits may be more prone to engaging in antisocial behaviour. Of course, it’s possible that the reader may enjoy verbally or physically violent scenarios when having a night out, but for those who don’t, here are two avoidance tips that can be used to keep things fun.

1, when someone else starts the conflict

When someone else has started the conflict (verbal or physical) the best way to avoid unpleasant experiences is simply to disengage. This may seem very difficult, if someone else is showing their clear desire to confront you, it can be hard to step down and disengage, but there are 2 things that are important to remember here: one, by refusing to engage with them you are not only saving yourself grief but are giving them the opposite of what the want (conflict) and 2: in a verbal confrontation, you know you are right and they are wrong, so why do you need to prove it? They have been wrong from the start, you are right and you know it. If you observe that the misunderstanding may come to physical violence, it is also usually best to simply step away, and leave them standing, rather than get involved in a fight. This is even more important when the adversary is someone close to you (a friend, family member or love interest) when you are sober again, you will be thankful you didn’t hurt somebody important to you, as will they. Unfortunately, there are some situations where conflict is unavoidable, in which case, be a man (or a woman) and deal with the situation as best you can.

2, when you start the conflict

It’s often very possible that YOU are the one who gets angry, and you feel you need to prove your point by any means necessary. The same principles apply as when someone else is the one who starts it, you know that you are right, so you don’t need to prove anything. When you start to notice yourself getting angry is when you need to disengage, accept that you know best (without shouting) and move on with your night. If you succeed in this, then it is likely that no physical conflict will develop.

DRUNKEN IMPULSES

When under the influence, it may seem like a good idea to do things that normally we wouldn’t do. It is of paramount importance that before partaking in any activity or action in these situations, that you ask yourself one very simple question. Would I do this if I was sober, and if I did, what might the consequences be? You must put yourself in the shoes of your sober self, and judge your intentions accordingly. This is by no means easy, and takes practice, but it can avoid potentially dangerous or embarrassing situations that will be regretted at a later date. Here are a few examples of situations where asking yourself this question is beneficial:

-“I’m going to drive home” (ask yourself the question) and the answer is NEVER drive home above the legal limits, and never get in a car whose driver is drunk.

-“I’m going to throw a brick at that police car!” (Ask yourself the question) the answer is don’t; you will get arrested and beaten.

-“Let’s climb that wall!” (Ask yourself the question) the answer is, if its high and you will get injured or killed if you fall, don’t, otherwise, it’s probably not recommendable, but go ahead.  

On a secondary note, it is important to keep track of one’s surroundings and personal belongings, once the higher levels of alcohol intoxication are reached, the probability of accidents or loss of possessions is more likely.

CONCLUSION

I hope that this guide has been informative, and hopefully of use to the potential party goer. As I wrote in the introduction, all the ideas and suggestions written here are purely suggestive, they are ideas based on my own personal experiences, thoughts and observations, which may not necessarily apply to the vast majority that this is aimed at. Anyway, if you are planning on going out soon, then good luck, and enjoy.

 


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