I recently figured out the secret to going out and drinking but not drinking too much and not spending too much money: straight liquor, either neat or on the rocks.
I happen to drink really, really quickly (too quickly, my mother and other concerned parties might say). By the time I’ve downed three glasses of wine, the night is just getting started. And do I stop? I do not. Headaches and high bar tabs result.
To avoid this problem without staying home: one high-quality whiskey neat. It is nearly impossible to drink quickly (even if you really like the taste), and by the time it’s gone, my friends are usually on their second or third round. Follow it up with a glass of water and I’ve already slowed down my pace (and my tab at the bar), significantly.
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