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Mar 11, 2013 10:48 PM

Foods to avoid if your going out drinking ?

I'm not a big drinker.I like a little beer and wine. But my buddies are," We're taking you out drinking". Any advice to foods you like or don't like to eat before having shots handed to you. I don't want to get the spins.

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  1. The largest plate of pasta you can consume w/ plenty of cheese.

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    1. re: Chinon00

      I agree with this, and maybe a little grilled chicken in it so it lasts even longer in your belly.

      When it's tough to convince people to stop pushing drinks on you, order something that comes in an actual glass (not a shot) each time you're asked what you want, then take it into the bathroom and dump a good portion in the toilet. Nobody seems to notice if you come out of the bathroom with a mostly empty glass or even "forget" the glass in there (dump the whole thing in the toilet). I know you shouldn't have to resort to such things but some folks are really insistent and you dont' want to be a jerk and scream, "I SAID NO!"

      1. re: rockandroller1

        although you probably at that point wouldn't be as a big a jerk as the guy who won't take no for an answer.

        1. re: sunshine842

          Truth. Some people get overly enthusiastic, like if it's your birthday or you all are celebrating a special occasion or something, and I just don't want to be super nasty.

        2. re: rockandroller1

          I'd get new friends with more maturity, if they can't accept no for an answer.

          1. re: rasputina

            Yeah, I kind of did. I haven't done that for years. I'm so out of the "partying" mode it's not even funny.

          2. re: rockandroller1

            I've done that a couple of time at company functions and was VERY glad I did the next day at work, while everyone else was wobbling around.

            1. re: coll

              Yes! Company function is a great example of a good place to do this. Sometimes it's just uncomfortable to not accept stuff being offered to you, but you can always find a way to ditch it when nobody is looking.

              1. re: rockandroller1

                We once had a salesman who keep buying Goldschlager shots for everyone in the place. Another time, and another company, the owner was keeping everyone supplied with Jagermeister. Despite having already had my share of other stuff, I know these to be the kiss of death.

                1. re: coll

                  Both of those are bad memories for me. Just the smell makes my tummy weak

                  1. re: coll

                    I have a personal saying- "nothing good ever happens after you hear the words 'tequila shots.'"

                    1. re: coll

                      Eeh... Goldschlager. That was the shot of choice when I turned 21.

            2. I recommend not eating anything red beforehand. It sounds suspiciously like you will get shots handed to you. I recommend a fine meal of mashed or baked potatoes and perhaps a protein accompaniment before the event.

              1. I agree -- get some starch and fat down as a lining before you start all of that.

                And as a fellow non-big drinker -- drink lots of water between shots (helps flush the alcohol through) -- and talk to the bartender or your server on the way back from one of these bathroom trips. I've *many* times tipped someone to water down my drinks, skip me on a round, or sub out something else (a Coke when everyone else is drinking Guinness) - I've even successfully asked them to pour me half-pints while everyone else was drinking pints -- and no one was ever the wiser.

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                1. re: sunshine842

                  I second the starch with fat recommendation. Also, while there's no need to uncomfortably stuff yourself, make it a count as a proper meal and not a snack.

                  If you're really concerned, make sure it's a meal that is one of your regulars and something that sits in your stomach comfortably.

                  1. re: cresyd

                    definitely a +1 on the sitting on your stomach comfortably -- if this turns ugly, you'll be glad you kept to something fairly digestible (because you'll get the chance to rethink it!)

                2. I recommend going out on an empty stomach. You get drunker on less alcohol, thus saving money. Save the fat and starch to kill the hangover the next morning.

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                  1. re: RealMenJulienne

                    Eating before or after really depends on what kind of night you want. If you want to get drunk quick on a few drinks - then brave the empty stomach.

                    However, if you know that heavier than usual drinking will happen and you aren't looking to get drunk quick - eat.

                    1. re: cresyd

                      particularly if you're not used to pounding shots. Even if it saves you from the damned dry heaves -- eat.

                    2. re: RealMenJulienne

                      i don't recommend this. Halfway through drinking, a person will get hungry, order something, eat it, and that's what comes up later.
                      Start with something in the stomach.

                    3. Could you perhaps persuade your buddies to visit bars where you can not just have shots pushed at you like a goose being fattened? If they know you're not a big drinker and they're your buddies, they'll understand your desire to mix your booze with noshing.

                      You shouldn't have to worry about getting sick before going out to have a "good time". My two cents. I'll go back to the Dark Ages now. :-)

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                      1. re: pinehurst

                        you're so right, pinehurst -- maybe it comes with age, but "party til you puke" just doesn't sound like fun any more.

                        1. re: pinehurst

                          We don't go out that much these days, my husband played in a band for years, so every weekend was spent in a bar. He's also a guitar teacher, and his former students think it's fun to buy their former teacher a shot.
                          Some people just don't get it.... one time I was given a hard time by a bartender that wanted to serve me alcohol, insisted I have a drink. I was the designated driver, oh yeah, and 8 months pregnant. My husband was playing with his band there, so it wasn't about loitering without being a paying customer.
                          Yep, party till you puke is over rated.

                          1. re: wyogal

                            If I wasn't in the mood to drink, or was the DD, and the bartender kept wheedling, I just looked the bartender in the eye and said "no way, man, it kills the buzz from the drugs"

                            Never got questioned once when I said that.

                            (there *weren't* any drugs -- and it's kinda sad that I had to use that -- but it worked)