7 ways not to regret tonight, tomorrow

The crappy thing about tonight is that eventually it’s going to end and all that will remain is the memories, and maybe a hangover. Sometimes these memories trigger a plague of shame and regret, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

1. Keep a drinks tally

Keeping track of how much you’re drinking and deciding beforehand when to call it quits is a pretty excellent way to avoid making bad alcohol-fuelled decisions. Set yourself a number of drinks that you’re happy with, and once you reach that number switch to the waters or soft drink instead. To give you some indication - a bunch of clever scientists have recommended no more than four drinks in one go. Everyone’s tolerance is different, so make sure you choose a number that works for you and not Bruce, the beer guzzling machine over there. 

2. Keep an eye out for your mates

This one kind of goes without saying, but a friendly reminder doesn’t hurt. If you want to make sure you don’t exceed your drink limit, or partake in karaoke, or go home with a random, or any of those other things that seem like a great idea at the time - tell your mates in advance so they can stop you from getting swept up in the moment. If you do insist on singing karaoke we’d like to take this opportunity to recommend Bennie and the Jets by Elton John; it’s a real crowd pleaser. 

3. Have a solid dinner

Having a big ol’ plate of food before you head out is a must, especially if you’re drinking alcohol. If you drink on an empty stomach you’re more likely to get really drunk, really quickly and the night will be over before it’s even begun. Having some food to line the stomach will help slow down alcohol absorption by your body and might even help with the hangover tomorrow. 

4. Decide how much you’re willing to spend

We’re still working on developing a wallet that mysteriously refills once you’ve spent all your money, but until then it’s definitely a good idea to have a back up plan. Check out how much money you’ve got before heading out for the night and make a sober and calculated decision of how much you can afford to spend. Keep tabs on how much you spend over the course of the night – you might like to type what you’re spending in your phone somewhere - and when you reach that number, bow out. Struggling with cash? We’ve got something for that. 

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5. Have a plan A, B and C for getting home

Ain’t nothing worse than being stranded in the middle of nowhere with no way to get home after a night out. Nope, that’s not true – being stuck in a super crowded place with 20 cabs and 1 million people trying to hail them; that’s definitely worse. It’s generally a good idea to have back up plans for how to get home at the end of the night. Can a mate come pick you up? Is there public transport that stays open and is safe? If you find yourself in a dangerous situation don’t hesitate to call the ‘rents. 

6. Find mates who are on the same page as you

It’s weird how our behaviour sometimes changes depending on who we’re hanging out with at the time; you could find yourself drinking more or smoking more or getting into situations you normally wouldn’t. If you’re aware that you sometimes do things you later regret around certain people, try to steer clear of them on your nights out so you can wake up regret-free tomorrow. Check out some more info on peer pressure and alcohol.

7. Drink water!

Water is your best friend. It’s generally just a rule of life that you should stay hydrated and drink lots of water, but the importance of that is magnified when you’re out dancing and partying. If you’re drinking, it’s a good idea to break up the alcoholic drinks with a glass of water, or at least make sure you have a solid amount of water before going to sleep. 

Last reviewed: 16 February, 2016
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