5 shots and 4 Guinness later! Steps to recover from your drunken text.
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?
1. STAY CALM!
2. Analyze the situation – Who did you text? Was it a coworker, ex-boyfriend, current love interest? When was the last time you talked to this person? What is your history like with this person? Are you on good terms or bad terms with this person?
3. Evaluate the response (or lack thereof) – How did the other person respond? Or did they not respond at all? Was it a positive response or a not so positive response?
4. Develop a game plan – How will you rectify the situation? Is it something that you can just let go, or will you need to sit down and have a talk with the other person?
Your response will depend entirely on the circumstances of your situation. If you had a positive response to your drunken text, then maybe love is in your future. If you are feeling utterly embarrassed, it may be beneficial to sit down with the other party to apologize. I think that anyone can relate to drunken texting, so chances are the other person will be accepting of your apology. Speak from the heart and do so when sober.
I personally have seen drunken texts go both ways. I have seen an “I love you” drunk text that received “I love you” in return. And I have also seen a drunken “I love you” text turn into an all-out fight, tears, and a break up!
Bottom line is to stay calm, develop a game plan, and take care of your problems immediately on March 18th. And pop a couple of Tylenols before you get started!... But please don’t let it happen again. Delete those old phone numbers out of your phone, ask your friends in advance to STOP you, and download an app on your phone to prevent this from happening again!