How And Why I Party With A Purpose!
By Kevin Wilkerson, PubClub.com Nightlife Blogger
With the name of The Nightlife Blogger and writing for a site called PubClub, you may assume that I go out every night to the best (and worst, I mean how else do you find out the best ones) pubs and clubs around the world.
That’s a noble cause and finding out those great pubs and clubs is the entire premise of PubClub.com, but doing it every night is, of course, unrealistic.
Actually, one of the most common questions I get is “don’t you ever get tired of it.” The answer is no. In fact, I love going out to pubs and clubs. I love meeting people, going back to familiar spots and checking out new places.
And the reason I enjoy it and don’t ever get tired of it is because I know the five rules for drinking without being a drunk. Or an alcoholic. I’m sharing them with you here.
1.) Don’t Go Out Just To, Well, Go Out
One thing I never do is to go out just for the sake of going out to a bar. I always have a purpose. It could be to check out a new place, to watch a sporting event (especially if it involves my college team, the University of Alabama), to hit a lively Happy Hour, to meet or see a friend or friends or to see or try and meet girls. You see, I party with a purpose!
2.) Never Force Yourself To Go Out To The Bars
If I don’t feel like going out to the bars, I don’t – I’ll stay at home. This is a key rule: never force yourself to go out to the bars. That way it keeps things fresh. Exciting. If you force yourself to do it then it becomes like going to work or the dentist. You dread it. I’ll even turn town friends who are whopping it up if I don’t feel like it or don’t “have it” that night.
3.) Exercise. Then Socialize!
If I just went out to the bars and did no other activity, I would feel terrible. That’s why I always make it a point to exercise. I do this several times a week. My thing is running and I’ll go for runs ideally four times a week. After exercising, I feel energized. Full of life. After a particularly good run I’ll do a fist pump, let out a “yeahhhh” and then will say “you know, I feel like doing out for a beer tonite.”
4.) Understand Your Priorities
Work, family, friends and other activities take priority over going to the bars. Don’t blow off responsibilities and obligations just to have a drink. If you’re doing this, then that’s a sign you’re starting to slide down the greased flagpole.
5.) I Don’t Drink Alone
Unlike George Thorogood, I don’t drink alone. To me, there’s no fun in sitting in a bar by myself not talking to anyone. And I absolutely refuse to be sitting on a bar stool, all alone, in an empty bar. That’s losersville! There have been many times whee I’ve waned to go out but could not find anyone to go with me, so I stayed at home. Or have walked around a nightlife area looking for a happening bar and finding none. In those cases I’ll just call it a night. Because I know there’s always another night ahead of me and as I mentioned at the top of this post, I like to keep things fresh.
Drinking alone is when people can get into real drinking trouble. They tend to down hard liquor and one night alone turns into two, then three, then just about every night. Or even during the day. I know of one person who loved doing shots. That’s fine in a group but not when you’re by yourself.
The bottom line here is if o’re going to drink alone in a bar, then save it when you can be with somebody.
So yeah, I got out to a lot of pubs and clubs. And by following these five stopes, I do it without every worrying about getting burnt out ,or becoming a drunk or an alcoholic.