Pre drinking, or ‘pre gaming’, before a night out on the town has been around since the dawn of time. It’s the fine line between a good and a terrible night out. To make sure everyone has a responsible time, here is a list of the pros and cons of pre drinking.
Pro: It’s that great time before hitting the clubs to catch up with your mates and debrief for the night ahead. This is a valuable time, where you are sober enough to hold a decent conversation (and will still be able to remember it in the morning) to catch up on the goss about your friend’s week.
Con: Potential to go too hard too soon. Yes, it happens to the best of us. Pre drinks are all about downing drinks as fast as you can before the cabs arrive. The aim of the pre drinking game is to be drunk enough to save money on drinks, but sober enough to get into the club. This grey area on a night out can be brutal if you don’t properly understand your drinking limits.
Pro: Saving cash. Pre drinking is the number one rule in the uni student hand book, because you save yourself a lot of cash on a night out. Head to Dan Murphy’s, grab a $5 bottle of wine from the bargain bin and you are set for the night.
Con: The clean-up. There will be things everywhere, guaranteed. Someone lost at beer pong and threw a bowl of chips everywhere. The cat jumped up on the table and drank some spilled vodka. It’s a complete mess. My advice, clean up as you go.
Pro: Be your own DJ. Blast ‘What Do You Mean’ by Justin Bieber without any shame. You’re welcome, neighbours.
Con: For all my weak bladder friends out there, pre drinking means a lot of trips to the bathroom. You’re that person who has to stop the cab at the 7/11 around the corner and get out to pee – and then do it again 15 minutes later. It’s just as bad for the rest of us, trust me.
Pro: THE DRINKING GAMES. You can’t play King’s Cup in public. Mainly because every friendship group has some crazy, inappropriate rules that should be keep between friends. Also, everyone is guaranteed to get a bit rowdy.
Con: Sobering up on the way to the club. Again, the grey area of pre drinks can go either way – too drunk, or not drunk enough. Pre drinking is money saving in theory, but if you underestimate your limit, you could have to start all over again at the bar.
Pro: You don’t have to get ready at 12 in the afternoon. You are free to go to pre drinks in your onesie and a topknot. You’ve also got your friends there to help pick out an outfit. Winning.
In conclusion, there are a lot of arguments for both sides of the pre-drinking debate. My advice is to not plan too much, because some of the best nights out are spontaneous. Happy pre drinking!