“Another shot!” my best friend yelled tothe bartender. I smirked and shakily grabbed my eleventhtequila shot of the night.
“She’s trying to kill me!” I screamedafter knocking it back.
That’s the last thing I could rememberfrom that night, and it’sall I needed to. It was my 24th birthday, and I knew I was in good hands with my ride-or-die.I knewnothing bad would happen to me — not only because I’ve known her since middle school, but because I’d gone drinking with her before.
Lately, I’ve been taking advantage of my 20s,and that means makingmoreintoxicatedmemories than ever. These type of nights are practically necessary (unless you have addiction problems).Theywere inventedto weed out your futurebridesmaids and groomsmen.
Don’t get me wrong: I know drinking definitely has its cons. I’ve even dated someone whowas in AA. But when done responsibly,shots, beer and winecanbecome a part of the lifeblood to some of yourclosest friendships. Surprisingly, there can be something special foundineverysloppynight.
These are the nights partners-in-crime are born.
Getting drunk with someone has practically becomean initiation to being my best friend. Why? Because nothing bubbles character to the surface like hard liquor.It’s truth serum for people’s personalities.
A night out shows you who your true friends really are.
1. You learn who doesn’t judge you.
You’ve probably seen “The Hangover,” so you know what can happen when you’re drinking. That’s right: anything. You can wake up with a freaking tiger in the room, without a finger, or with breast implants.
But a true friend won’t judge your bare ass as you pee behind a parked car or make out withDr. Evil’s clone.
2. You learn who will protect you.
The more hammered you are, the more vulnerable you become. In times of need, your ride-or-die friends become your body guards. They might as well be your own personal f*ckboy police, taking down idiots one free drink at a time.
These guardian angelsknow when you’re past your point of no return and can no longer make decisions for yourself. With them around, you can feel secure that nothing bad will happen. They won’t let it.
If a friend is down to be your superhero at the bar scene, he or she will also be your sidekick for life.
3. You learn who’s down to take one for the team.
When out drinking, you see people in their rawest form, so if they’re being helpful, it’s usually genuine. Your friend will turn the other wayif you meet someone. Your friend will pretend he or she didn’tcatch you batting your eyes atOompa Loompas.
4. You learn who’s there for you unconditionally.
I mentioned earlier that alcohol definitely has its cons. These cons include alcohol poisoning, vomiting and passing out. If a friend is there to help you through, you definitely have a friend for life.
One time I got so drunk that I was scared and throwing up BLACK vomit. I was pretty sure I was one percentage point away from alcohol poisoning. I had lost control of my body, but my friends helped me through it.
Alcohol let them seeme at my worst. But it also let me see my friends at their best. Despite my gross condition, theystood by my side, plastic bag and all.They tied my hair, broughtme to the bathroom, and gave me water.
Later that same night, I woke up on my friend’s futon — wet. I had a half-empty water bottle next to me. I had no idea if I was wet from spilling the water, throwing up or peeing on myself. All I knew was that I was soaked with something. I was still too drunk to walk, so I crawled like a desert soldier to the bathroom to grab some cleaning material for the bed.
I was on a mission, and it was while I was rug-burning my way to the bathroom thatI understood what the term “pub crawl” truly meant. At last, I found someFantastik under the sink. I grabbed it and ran.