Damage-Proof Your Relationship From A St. Patrick’s Day Drinking Fiasco

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Another potentially disastrous drinking holiday is upon us. This year, St. Patrick’s Day falls on Saturday, March 17 Oh no. Not a weekend! Doubly scary time to have a knock-down, drag out fight under the influence with your date.

So how do you avoid a drunken shouting match with your guy over green-dyed beer? Keep reading:

  1. Don’t get incredibly drunk. Your brain on booze is dumb. Very dumb.
  2. Do not do shots. Ever. You get dumb even faster.
  3. Do not drink on an empty stomach.
  4. Have a non-alcohol drink in between.
  5. Do not monitor how much he’s drinking and make the big mistake of not monitoring your own.
  6. Do not start discussing a serious infraction you saw (or think you saw). Zip it until both of you are stone-cold sober.
  7. Do not yell at your guy for getting blitzed. He won’t remember. And you’ll be humiliated, screaming at him in public.
  8. Do not initiate any conversations about his behavior, your feelings, other women, etc. until at least the next morning, when everyone is sober and having a nice cuppa joe and a muffin.
  9. Enjoy the festivities and don’t focus on the drinking. You have a chance at remembering the night if you do!  : )

Here are some additional resources to help you have a memorable, fun St. Paddy’s Day.

Awesome website for tools to help moderate drinking:

harmreductiontherapy.org

moderation.org

Book recommendations if you’re ready to dive into this subject:

Over the Influence: The Harm Reduction Guide to Controlling Your Drug and Alcohol Use. Patt Denning, PhD and Jeannie Little, LCSW, 2017

Responsible Drinking. Frederick Rotgers, PhD, Marc F. Kern, PhD & Rudy Hoeltzel, 2002

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