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Ways to Avoid Drunken Mistakes & How to Sober Up a Drunk Person

Updated on March 21, 2018
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Kitty is a registered nurse. She uses what she has learned on the job to inspire and encourage others to take control of their health.

Don't end up like this dude!
Don't end up like this dude!

Drunken Mistakes...Face it, they happen!

Admit it. I'm not the only one to have made a drunk mistake. If you've ever been a recreational drinker and/or a partier, you have probably made a drunk mistake...or twenty. People go to jail all the time because of drunk mistakes - this has been proven by celebrities like Lindsey Lohan, Paris Hilton, and many more. Whether that drunk mistake is drunk driving, public drunkenness, or public nudity...well, I guess that depends on the type of drunk you are.

The real question though is how to avoid drunk mistakes. To altogether avoid any drunk mistakes would mean that you would NEVER drink alcohol again...but that's not fun at all! So let's forget that statement and move on to some ways to avoid drunk mistakes while still drinking and having a good time. But not TOO good of a time...or you'll end up like our friend to the upper right with obscenities scribbled in permanent marker all over your face and body.

Tisk Tisk...Drunk Driving is for Rabbits
Tisk Tisk...Drunk Driving is for Rabbits

A lady came up to me one day and said 'Sir! You are drunk', to which I replied 'I am drunk today madam, and tomorrow I shall be sober but you will still be ugly.

— Winston Churchill

Ways to Avoid Common Drunk Mistakes

The first common drunk mistake most recreational drinkers would like to avoid is drunk driving. A. because it is dangerous and B. because you could lose your driving privileges...and Lord knows we need our driving privileges! We don't want to end up in jail like our mentor Paris Hilton, now do we? So how do we avoid making a drunk mistake like drunk driving. It's easy. Don't drink and drive.

  • take a cab home if you've had more than a couple drinks within a span of 2 hours
  • call a friend or family member to come pick you up if you can't afford a taxicab
  • hitch a ride with a friend who hasn't been drinking at all or set up a designated driver before every drunk escapade (you can switch designated drivers between friends each time you all go out to party)
  • if it's not too far, walk home with a friend
  • if you live in the city, take the metro
  • if you still can't avoid this drunk mistake, pass out on the sidewalk outside of the bar...someone will come pick you up, trust me!

So what are some other common drunk mistakes that we could avoid? Talking too much or saying too much, otherwise known as diarrhea of the mouth. This is especially tricky when you're drinking around someone who you may work with or someone who may be particularly judgmental of the things that come out of your drunken mouth. So how do we avoid making this oh-so-common drunk mistake? You could do one or more of the following:

  • duct tape your mouth shut (I'm kidding, of course...unless you're serious)
  • really make a conscious effort to analyze what you're saying before it comes out of your drunken mouth
  • only talk to people who you know won't judge you for being loud and drunkenly blunt
  • don't go partying with someone from work or church whom you know won't appreciate your drunken, sloppy fun-ness!

Probably the MOST common and regrettable drunk mistake (specifically for the ladies) is the one-nighter (if you know what I mean). Most guys are proud of these and would not find this to be a drunk mistake at all but more of the REASON they go out! But ladies on the other hand, well...let's just say we've made drunk mistakes like this that haunt us for the rest of our lives. So how do we avoid drunk mistakes of the physical kind?

  • go by a general rule - if he's not hot/nice enough to be your boyfriend, you'll probably regret being with him the next morning.
  • if he's trying to take you home the first night, he's probably not boyfriend material.
  • go out with a group of girlfriends and make a pact to watch each others' backs in situations that could become hairy.
  • always take your drink with you to the bathroom and other places...don't leave it with a guy you don't know (avoid being drugged at all costs...the next day you might not even realize you were drugged!)
  • don't hook up with a random guy from a dark nightclub...chances are when the lights come on and your beer goggles are off he'll look TOTALLY different!
  • if you do hook up with a guy while drunk, just make sure you go to your own house (avoid going to any guy's place...this ensures that you're not going home with a psycho killer)

Keep these rules on a piece of paper in your pocket to remember them when you're out drinking...scratch that. Don't do that...people will think you're crazy and you might not even be able to read it anyway!

Clues That You Might Be Too Drunk...

Your Bra Is Hanging from the Nearest Beam
Your Bra Is Hanging from the Nearest Beam
Your girlfriend is holding your hair while you puke and cry in the front yard...
Your girlfriend is holding your hair while you puke and cry in the front yard...
You are thinking of going home with the dude with the beer package on his head...
You are thinking of going home with the dude with the beer package on his head...
And You Feel Like This The Next Day!
And You Feel Like This The Next Day!

How to Sober Up a Drunk Person (or Yourself!)

Want to know how to sober up a drunk person...or yourself? There is more than one way to sober up a drunk person, and many times more than one of these things needs to be done in order to sober up a drunk person to a desirable level. Of course the best way to to answer how to sober up a drunk person is to have them stop drinking first.

  • drink at least 2 HUGE cups of water, but more is even better (alcohol dehydrates your body so re-hydrating your body and brain will help tremendously).
  • eat a big plate or bowl of something very filling (my favorites are always left-over chinese food, pizza, or cheeseburgers. While not healthy, these types of food always help me to sober up quite a bit after a night of drinking).
  • Take a shower. Never take a bath after a night of heavy drinking. If you pass out in the tub, you run the risk of drowning!
  • Some claim that a cup of coffee can help sober up a drunk person. This never works for me, but then again if it works for you...use it!
  • Vitamin B helps a hang-over the next day.
  • Walk it off. If you're not too drunk, try walking a long distance. This typically sobers up a drunk person.

Check out Jenna's Tutorial on Drunk Makeup!

© 2012 Kitty Fields


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    6 years ago

    im my opinion i wouldn't get a cab home, in fact a lot of women would be scared to get in a taxi half drunk on their own....RAPE DUHH all about safety first. same to sleeping outside a nightclub so randomer will walk past and probably b a sober male. im not judging people or being sexist but from a womans point of view that should be the first thing on their minds if their on their own and drunk

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    Kitty Fields 

    7 years ago from Summerland

    appsthatpayyou - Thanks so much!

  • kittythedreamer profile imageAUTHOR

    Kitty Fields 

    7 years ago from Summerland

    TK - Haha! Me too...sadly enough. Yes, I always make sure to drink water throughout the night and then again right before makes a world of difference! Thanks for the comment.

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    TKs view 

    7 years ago from The Middle Path

    Boy, have I been there, kitty.

    Though it's been quite awhile since I was that far over the line, I've found the drinking water tip helps a lot. Usually I'll order a large glass of ice water along with whichever preferred pint I'm having, and I alternate between the two. Makes for a much more pleasant evening as well as a happier next morning.

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    Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

    7 years ago from United Kingdom

    Who can say?lol

  • kittythedreamer profile imageAUTHOR

    Kitty Fields 

    7 years ago from Summerland

    phoenix - LOL! Hopefully they weren't flashbacks of your bra on the nearest ceiling beam! Thanks!

  • phoenix2327 profile image

    Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

    7 years ago from United Kingdom

    This brings back memories...or are they flashbacks. lol

    Funny hub with good infor.

    Voted up, funny and interesting.

  • kittythedreamer profile imageAUTHOR

    Kitty Fields 

    7 years ago from Summerland

    CyclingFitness - That's very true, but the drink is hard to put down once you start. Thanks!

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    Liam Hallam 

    7 years ago from Nottingham UK

    Deep down we all pretty much know what we should do and what not to do. Yet we still allow alcohol to take its effect. Nice hub


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