5 shots and 4 Guinness later! Wow, what a night!
“Oh no! Did I send all these text messages?”
March 18th 12:59 a.m. – “I love you!”
March 18th 1:15 a.m. – “Can I come over?”
March 18th 1:32 a.m. – “You are so hot! Xoxo”
“Oh, s*#), what did I do? What happened last night? I work with him! I have to SEE him today! What am I going to do?
St. Patrick’s Day, for many, means flowing Guinness, Irish Car Bombs, Irish whiskey, and green dyed brews. The following day, March 18th, can be shadowed by a pounding headache and embarrassment over one’s actions from the previous night.
St. Patrick’s Day has been a recognized Roman Catholic holiday since the 9th or 10th century. It became an official holiday in Ireland in 1903. Although this religious holiday falls in the middle of Lent, restrictions were always lifted for St. Patrick’s Day. Celebrations were filled with dancing, drinking, and lavish feasts that included meat. In the United States St. Patrick’s Day has evolved to become a day of copious amounts of booze.
Fortunately, in our country, lush is not the norm of the overall population. In fact, Pew Research found that 61% of Americans think that excessive drinking is morally wrong. Pew Research also found that four out of ten 18 – 29 year olds have cut back on alcohol and cigarette spending because of the recession.
But, still, it can be easy to get caught up in the excitement of St. Patrick’s Day. It is a great excuse to go out and get drunk for many. Not to mention, the $2 price tag on green beer can make it a very affordable holiday.
As our inhibitions are lowered, drunk testing and drunk dialing are at a real peak on St. Patrick’s Day. The alcohol makes us more impulsive and less likely to think about the negative consequences of our behaviors. Studies clearly show that excessive alcohol use leads to greater risk taking behaviors, such as unprotected sex. One theory is that if women believe that alcohol enhances sexuality, then unprotected sex would be a positive experience as the alcohol is paired with sexuality.
According to the Urban Dictionary drunk dialing is, “Calling people you really shouldn't be talking to when you are drunk.” Drunk texting is the current day version of drunk dialing. Whether we decide to drunk text a current love interest, an ex-boyfriend, or a coworker the effects of the drunk text can be detrimental.
A drunken dial was what led famed rapper Drake to not only create a hit song, but also to get involved in a major financial disagreement with his ex-girlfriend. He based his song “Marvin’s Room” around a drunken phone call. His ex-girlfriend later wanted some of the earnings as the phone call was all about her.
If you find yourself in a similar predicament, check out these steps to resolve your drunk dialing or drunk texting issues.
What can you do on March 18th to recover from your drunken St. Patty’s Day texting?