Unless you are all cool to drink, and not all too stingy to pitch into a cab fare, there will always be a designated driver for the night. A lot of us have done it–either reluctantly or with no hesitations–and it comes with a stereotype along the lines of: you aren’t drinking, therefore you can’t get pissed and have as good of a time as your mates. But is this old wives tale of sobriety as truthful as it’s believed to be?
Close your eyes and imagine yourself at some shit-hot venue–the music’s pumping, a cutie’s walked by you and given you a smile, and all the while your mates are blind, dancing like maniacs on the dancefloor. You now have two options. You can either sit down somewhere and watch your mates have fun without you–and not do a thing about that cutie. Or you can get into the groove and try to match your friend’s level of craziness. Surely, it will be nearly impossible, but you can always have just as much fun as they’re having. You don’t have to be pissed to have a good time, but if you think it’s the only answer, you’re gonna find yourself sitting in a corner, alone, checking your Facebook on your phone.
If one of your mates has always given you shit for your partying ways–by filming you or recounting tales of your drunkenness constantly despite your disgust–there could be no better opportunity than as the designated driver for some payback. Being sober means you will always have a better recollection of the night than anybody else. And if nobody will believe you the following day, you can always pop out your phone and hit record.
Whether or not alcohol is your number one companion for a wild night, you will soon realise that your wallet will be a whole lot heavier than what it usually is, compared to most night outs. Most venues will not charge you for water (if H20 is your thing) and soft drinks alone a whole lot cheaper than some pints and most mixed spirits. As well as being more rich, if you are a good friend, you can always shout a round or two for your pissed mates to brighten up your spirits–sometimes it’s better to give than receive.
The one thing you will not have the following morning is either a hangover or a horrible taste of last night’s dinner in your mouth. While you receive texts from your friends the next day, you will instead have woken up to a nice non-greasy breakfast, with all with the hilarious memories fresh in your mind.
To be the designated driver can be a death sentence to some or a different change of scenery to others. It all depends on whether or not you are going to let the fact you cannot drink affect your night. Some people can adapt to change while others cannot. You don’t have to drink to be drunk on life.