After the disastrous video of two drunk girls wrecking a Grafton Street shop went viral, it made some of us think about the dark times when we’ve been less than sober.

Waking up in a puddle of your own vomit is almost a rite of passage for a student these days, sad as it is. I’m sure there have been plenty of times where you’ve denounced drink for what it is – pure evil. Though I’m guessing there have been many speeches of how you’ve gone off the drink for life, how you’re “deadly serious this time lads”, and then of course the next night out you’ll relent and have a ‘quiet one’ which inevitably turns into a night out.

This doesn’t have to be the case though. Unfortunately with things like Freshers’ Week it’s hard not to go on the piss, particularly if you’re a naïve ickle first year who’s trying to make friends for the year ahead. There’s nothing wrong with that of course – it’s just depressing that the more alcohol you throw down your throat, the more popular you are.

Here is a guide on how to end a great night sober and hangover-free: 

Photo captured by Sam Howzit [Flickr]

Photo captured by Sam Howzit [Flickr]

1) Drink less than you’re used to. The thing is, you don’t need to cut out drinking altogether. Drinking is one of the biggest social activities in Ireland, probably the most popular. Some drinks taste great, like strawberry daiquiris, but then there’s pure poison like absinthe. 

 According to Drink Aware, people should not regularly drink more than the daily unit guidelines of 3 – 4 units of alcohol for men and 2 – 3 units of alcohol for women. ‘Regularly’ means drinking every day or most days of the week. Stick to your assigned units and you’ll be the only one wobbling down the street because of your bad dancing rather than a belly full of beer!

Photo captured by Bailey Weaver [Flickr]

Photo captured by Bailey Weaver [Flickr]

2) Drink plenty of water. Alcohol severely dehydrates you and even though men have a higher water to fat ratio than women so that alcohol is easier diluted, you’re still going to be feeling pretty rough by the end of the night and even worse the morning after. Sometimes it’s easy to think that you’re hydrating yourself while throwing back a vodka and coke because it quenches your thirst, but be careful about this, and make sure to have a pint of water now and again throughout the night and before you go to bed. 

Photo captured by ms.akr [Flickr]

Photo captured by ms.akr [Flickr]

3) Fill up on food before going out. Order a large pizza, tuck into some sausage rolls or even just tackle a petit filous yogurt, because as long as there’s something in your tummy, you’ll be able to absorb alcohol better and won’t get drunk as quickly. I know there’s the traditional take away at the end of the night and that it tastes like heaven but you’re far better off to eat beforehand. Or better yet, both! Though this isn’t the healthiest option and may pack on the pounds! 

Photo captured by pinguino k [Flickr]

Photo captured by pinguino k [Flickr]

4) Don’t let somebody force you into drinking more than you can handle. Pressure from your friends is a major factor. You could be reading this piece in a group and you’re all scoffing at the thought of anybody pressuring you into doing something you don’t want to do. However, I’m sure there’s been at least one time where you were out and felt that if you weren’t drinking then you weren’t being ‘fun’ and were subsequently ruining everyone else’s craic. Or worse yet, somebody told you! Plus if you say you’re not drinking for the night, you get the standard, “Are you on antibiotics or something?”Make sure to stand your ground and know your limits. 

Do you have any personal guidelines to add? Please comment below.

Here is the video of the drunk girls on Grafton Street, but be warned as it’s been removed from Youtube once already:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKgxRWSE5pc