A UQ student whose favourite method of procrastination is getting out of the house and enjoying what Brisbane has to offer.
Published September 15th 2011
How many times have you woken up on a Sunday morning after a big night out only to spend the rest of the day with your head in the toilet and a feeling akin to having had a truck run over you and then reverse? How many times have you made that familiar promise of "I'm never drinking again," after a particularly embarrassing night out? The Dry July Foundation and other organisations like Hello Sunday Morning are working towards making that promise a reality for many people but let's face it, how many of us actually stick to our guns? It's all well and good for these people to say, "Go out sober! You'll feel better for it!" but when you're out with your mates and everyone is drunk and having a great time being drunk staying sober gets old quickly. Before you know it you're emptying your bank account downing doubles to catch up, throwing up in the cab home and waking up next to someone who looked a lot more attractive last night.
Let me offer an alternative. Next time you plan on hitting the pubs and clubs, plan on waking up without the ugly hangover feeling or bed buddy. First step, find a friend to stay sober with. Try asking the person who threw up the most on the last night out as they probably won't be keen to do it again anytime soon.
Next, appoint yourself designated driver for the night. Tell a couple of friends they get a free ride out and home again (with a McDonalds' pit-stop) for the small price of a Red Bull at some point during the night. Who would say no? This will save you money AND deter you from buying alcohol as you will need to stay sober to drive. Finally, pick a bar or nightclub that isn't too classy and has a great vantage point over the rest of the venue. Balconies are great; my favourite is at Family Nightclub in Fortitude Valley.
From this prime viewing position look for the embarrassingly drunk patrons. Think girls with serious wardrobe malfunctions, horrendous dancers who think they belong in Step Up 4 and caped Matrix wanna-bees (my favourite character seen out last weekend) just to name a few. This is where the sober friend comes in, although it can still be fun on your own, if self-absorbing. Point and laugh at the people you see with your friend and there you have a merry way to spend an evening.
Chances are, after seeing the spectacle people make of themselves after one too many beverages, you will be well on your way to following through with that promise.