16 Stupid Things We All Do When We Are Drunk

To some, alcohol is the best thing that could happen to human kind. Although, some people imbibe this gift responsibly, some of us can’t help but get carried away! Instead of passing out and letting people enjoy their drinks, they do some incredibly stupid (read entertaining) things. But hey, what better excuse to do stupid things?

Here’s a list of 16 things, you might have done or seen someone doing after drinking one drink too many:

1. You always end up calling your ex. During this phone call, you experience an array of emotions: ranging from anger to sadness, remorse to elation!

2. You declare your love for your friends by hugging and kissing them all over and shouting ‘I love you man!’

3. You befriend complete strangers you meet in the loo, over deep conversations.

4. The number of fights you try to pick up is directly proportional to the number of drinks you have had, because every drink you have makes youstronger !

5. And suddenly, you have opinions about everything because you feel oh-so-intellectual.

6. You find it important to keep asserting you aren’t even buzzed every minute because ” abhi toh peeni shuru ki hai !”

7. Some of us go as far as sneakily putting ashtrays and salt & pepper shakers in our bags because “the waiter was being a jerk.”

8. You feel rich once you start drinking with your friends. Money ain’t a big deal. You order numerous rounds of drinks anyway!

9. The floor becomes particularly comfortable for you to rest your drunk self in.

10. You become a chronicler of your own life but the story is told with an accent no one understands but they laugh anyway because sab bhand hain yaar!

11. Not only does the slur appear on your tongue, it is also evident in your texts. No one understands what language you’ve used.

12. You become exceptionally vulnerable and nonchalantly tell everybody about your miseries.

13. You shamelessly stalk the accounts of your crush on ALL social networking sites and fixate over who that girl/boy with them was!

14. And ek peg ke baad chaal naa baddli toh kya mazza!

15. And after striking off half the things on your To-Do-When-Drunk List, you pass out.

Passing out now.

Why Do We Do Stupid Things When We Drink?

Why do we so commonly confuse bad ideas for good when we drink? There’s no shortage of eye-opening examples in the news: the intoxicated man who attempts to enter the home of a former girlfriend and ends up stuck in her chimney, the cowboy who visits his favorite watering hole on his horse and lassoes a customer, the pub patron who decides to test his skill as a crocodile rider and pays with part of his leg.

And chances are you have a drinking story or two (or more) of your own — a boozy, post-prom prank that landed you in the back of a squad car, a broken arm from a rooftop jump into a pool, a 2 a.m. text to the ex.

What is it about drinking that makes us so stupid?

There’s no single answer, but alcohol consumption brings with it a whole host of brain changes that can set you up to make lousy choices that range from embarrassing (“Let’s do some karaoke!) to deadly (“I’ll drive”).

Your Brain on Booze

With each drink, we affect the brain’s chemical messengers — the neurotransmitters — that either excite or inhibit the signals controlling our processes, behaviors and emotions. For example, alcohol increases GABA, an inhibitory neurotransmitter, and decreases glutamate, an excitatory neurotransmitter, resulting in the clumsiness, slurred speech and physiological slowdown that drinkers know so well. It also boosts dopamine, the brain’s pleasure chemical, delivering a surge of well-being — at least in the beginning. Put these effects together, and we can end up chasing a good feeling that can quickly turn into anything but.

In addition, studies have shown:

Alcohol makes us worse at perceiving threats. In 2008, researchers scanned the brain activity of a group of social drinkers as they were intravenously administered either the equivalent of a few drinks or a harmless saline solution. When the sober participants were shown pictures of people who looked afraid, activity spiked in the part of the brain involved in avoidance and fear. In the “drinking” group, however, there was no such reaction to the same images; the alcohol did light up the brain’s reward circuits, however. The upshot? Drinking interferes with our ability to recognize threats and makes it more likely we’ll take risks. Enough drinks and even riding a crocodile can seem like a good idea.

Alcohol makes us worse at monitoring our behavior. When we make mistakes, our brains send signals telling us so, which allows us to adjust our behavior. Studies confirm those signals are diminished when we drink, but a 2011 study by University of Missouri researchers went deeper into the why behind the process. They evaluated the effects of alcohol on those doing a series of tricky cognitive tests and determined that it wasn’t that we don’t know that we are making mistakes when we are drunk, it’s that we don’t care as much. This “not caring” is why a drink can feel like a plus when trying to conquer our anxiety, such as when we walk into an intimidating social setting. But too much liquid courage and things can get ugly fast.

We are unrealistic about our drinking. To top it off, a 2011 study published in Psychology of Addictive Behaviors found we don’t even tend to learn from our drinking mistakes — unless they are big and frequent. The night spent parked next to the toilet can be discounted because we are somehow able to delude ourselves into believing the good drinking experiences, not the bad, will repeat themselves. Our alcohol consumption, the study concluded, is viewed through “rose-colored beer goggles.”

A Dangerous Illusion

So, how to trade stupid for smart? That has to start before we bring the drink to our lips. Recognize that alcohol is a charmer that tricks us into thinking we are happier, sexier, smoother, more connected to our fellow man and more impervious to danger than we were before we drank it. In other words, it’s an illusion that impels us toward bold action just when we are least able to pull it off.

How to make the perfect margarita

Featuring the often misunderstood tequila, the classic margarita cocktail is the perfect drink to enjoy on a hot summer’s day, or sip ahead of a barbecue.

Bold and zingy in flavour, it strikes the perfect balance between sweet and sour, thanks to the combination of orange liqueur and fresh lime juice. Once you’ve given your cocktail a good shake, don’t forget to run a lime wedge around the rim of your glass, then dip it into salt for the perfect finishing touch. Cheers!

HOW TO MAKE A MARGARITA

1 part Cazadores tequila
½ part triple sec liqueur
1 whole lime
cubed ice

  1. Start by chilling your glass – the easiest way is to fill it with ice, or if you’re super organised, pop it into the freezer 30 minutes before you need it.
  2. Fill the jug of a cocktail shaker with ice, then pour in the tequila and triple sec.
  3. Squeeze in the lime juice, pop on the top part of your shaker, then shake hard for about 30 seconds to mix it all together and chill the liquid really well.
  4. Run a lime wedge around the outside of the rim of your glass before rolling the rim in a little fine sea salt.
  5. Double strain the cocktail mixture into your glass, and enjoy.

Watch Jamie show you how it’s done in this video, or for more tequila-based inspiration, check out our Drinks Tube friend Simone Caporale whip up a delightfully fruity tequila sunrise.

8 Most Exotic Cocktails in the World

Want to improve your barmanship skills? Check out these succulently fruity cocktail recipes and turn your home into an exotic island paradise!

Drinking alcohol is one of the best feelings ever.

Want to wow your party guests with your superb cocktail-shakin’ abilities?

Bring a taste of the tropics into your home with these 8 easy-peasy cocktail recipes that will turn you into the coolest kid in town!

1) LYCHEE MARTINI

For cool and sophisticated types – re-live your travels through Asia with this delicate lychee cocktail.

Ingredients
Ice cubes
6 oz vodka
4 oz lychee juice
Splash of vermouth
2 lychees for garnish

Directions
Fill cocktail shaker with ice, add the vodka, lychee juice and vermouth. Shake until chilled. Pour into martini glasses and garnish with lychees. Add an orchid for added beauty.

2) BLUE LAGOON

Like to live the high life? Made from laraha fruit grown from the island of Curacao, a Blue Lagoon will transport you to the turquoise waters of a Caribbean paradise far away.

Ingredients
Ice cubes
2 oz vodka
2 oz blue curacao liqueur
lemonade
Maraschino cherries for garnish

Directions
Pour the vodka and curacao over ice in a highball glass. Top up with lemonade and garnish with cherries.

3) PINA COLADA

One of the most famous cocktails in the world, and the official drink of Puerto Rico – the Pina Colada is for people who know how to spell F.U.N!

Ingredients
Ice (optional)
3 oz of white rum
2 oz of dark rum
3 oz of coconut cream (in a can)
2 oz of double cream or whipping cream
6 oz of pineapple juice
Dash of angostura bitters
Maraschino cherries to garnish
Pineapple slices to garnish

Directions
Pour all ingredients into a blender and mix for 15 seconds (with or without ice). Pour into a hurricane glass and garnish with pineapple and cherries.

4) MAI TAI

Tahitian for “out of this world” the Mai Tai is for lovers of all things kitsch. This Polynesian-style drink is not to be missed. It’s been around since 1944 for a reason!

Ingredients
2 oz of light rum
1 oz dark rum
1 oz of creme de almond
1 oz of triple sec
Sweet and sour mix
Pineapple juice

Directions
Pour the light rum, crème de almond and triple sec, in order, into a collins glass. Top with equal parts of pineapple juice and sour mix. Add the dark rum and serve unstirred.

5) MANGO DAIQUIRI

An international icon, the Daiquiri was hurtled into stardom by the El Floradita bar in Havana, Cuba. If you like to see and be seen, this classic cocktail is the one for you.

Ingredients
Crushed ice
2 oz of dark rum
0.5 oz of orange curacao liqueur
6 oz of mango chunks
3 oz of sweet and sour mix

Directions
Mix up the rum, orange curacao, mango and sour mix with one cup of crushed ice in a blender. Pour into a tall glass and garnish with a mango stick.

6) BETWEEN THE SHEETS

Also known as the Maiden’s Prayer, Between the Sheets is a flirty cocktail for sexy people!

Ingredients
Ice cubes
3/4 oz light rum
3/4 oz brandy
3/4 oz triple sec
1/2 oz lemon juice
lemon twists for garnish

Directions
Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Shake well. Strain and pour into a martini glass. Garnish with the lemon twists.

7) RUM RUNNER

Commemorating the illegal smuggling of alcohol during the years of prohibition, this cocktail is for the mischievous amongst you!

Ingredients
Ice cubes
1/4 cup of rum
1 tablespoon of coconut rum
2 tablespoons of banana liqueur
2 tablespoons of blackberry brandy
1/2 cup of sweet and sour mix
1/2 cup of orange juice
Dash of grenadine
Orange and lime wedges for garnish

Directions
Pour the rum, coconut rum, banana liqueur and blackberry brandy into a tall glass full of ice. Top up with the sour mix and orange juice. Add a dash of grenadine and garnish with orange and lime.

8 ) BAHAMA MAMA

Served in a coconut in the Bahamas, this cocktail will bring the taste of the tropics into your home (even when served in a glass). For laid-back people who value the lazy side of life.

Ingredients
Ice cubes
1/2 oz coffee liqueur
1 oz dark rum
1 oz coconut liqueur
1/2 oz 151 proof (high proof) rum
Juice of 1 lemon
8 oz pineapple juice
Maraschino cherries for garnish

Directions
Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Pour into a collins glass with cracked ice (wrap ice cubes in a tea towel and crush with a mallet). Garnish with cherries.

Which cocktail is the one for you?! Give these recipes a try and let us know how you get on!

7 Surprising Health Benefits of Different Types of Alcohol

Let’s be real: “Healthy” isn’t necessarily the first word you’d think of to describe alcohol. But whether your drink of choice is a cosmo or a double IPA, there are benefits to sipping in moderation. Here are some of the seriously surprising perks that may come with imbibing your favorite beverages — plus what to keep in mind when ordering another round at the bar.

1. Beer

The Benefits: Who knew brewskis could be so good for your bod? From lowering your risk of heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia to strengthening your bones and lowering your risk for kidney stones, there are plenty of legitimate science-backed reasons to tip back a pint of your favorite brew.

The Fine Print: We hate to break it to you, but all the health benefits of beer go out the window when you have more than a couple drinks. The CDC recommends sticking to one or two beers a day, or it all goes bust.

2. Champagne

The Benefits: Pop, clink, fizz — faster memory? One 2013 animal study found that drinking one to three glasses a week might help improve your memory and delay the onset of degenerative brain disorders, like dementia. That’s because Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, two red grapes used in the production of champagne are high in phenolics compounds, which the researchers believe have brain-boosting benefits.

The Fine Print: If you do decide to pop a bottle, keep in mind that champagne is notorious for its hangovers: The gas from the bubbles speeds up the absorption of alcohol into your bloodstream, so sip slowly to avoid going overboard. And always open the bottle away from your face. No one needs a champagne cork injury!

3. Vodka

The Benefits: Vodka could be the ideal drink for your next post-work happy hour. Experts have found it helps relieve stress better than red wine. Who knew? And that vodka and cranberry juice might even help boost creativity, according to one study in the journal Consciousness and Cognition. Researchers found that men who sipped this pink cocktail performed 30 percent better on a word-association test than sober dudes.

The Fine Print: The taste of vodka is easily masked by juices and other mixers, so make sure you know how much liquor is poured into your drink. The National Institutes of Health says one “standard drink” should contain no more than 1.5 fluid ounces of liquor (one-and-a-half shots). Just because you can’t taste it, doesn’t mean it’s not there. Plus, be aware that sugary mixers can add tons of extra calories to every sip — and maybe even exacerbate your hangover, too.

4. Gin

“Many people report that drinking tequila makes them act ‘crazy’ or angry. What’s more likely is that your mood affects your choice of drink.”

The Benefits: Your gin likely gets its pine-y flavor from juniper berries, which can act as a diuretic, helping to release extra salt and water from your body — and possibly making you feel less bloated. Those berries are also full of healthy antioxidants that may block free radicals from doing damage to your cells. Plus, they’re oh-so refreshing!

The Fine Print: If you thought the tonic in your G&T was just glorified seltzer water, we’ve got bad news for you. One popular brand of tonic packs 130 calories, 55 milligrams of sodium, 33 grams of carbs and 32 grams of sugar per eight ounce serving — and lists high fructose corn syrup as its second ingredient. (Sparkling seltzer water, on the other hand, contains no calories and is strictly carbonated water.) Go easy on the ‘T’ if you’re watching your calorie intake.

5. Tequila

The Benefits: Aside from making a mean margarita, moderate consumption of tequila might be good for your ticker: Drinking spirits increases levels of HDL (good) cholesterol, which could help lower your risk for heart disease. But be wary of other research you read about tequila — much of it is based off the benefits of agave, found in the plant used to make tequila. Unfortunately, that good-for-you agave doesn’t actually end up in your glass!

The Fine Print: Ever experienced the tequila crazies? While research doesn’t support the idea that different liquors have different emotional or behavioral effects, many people report that drinking tequila makes them act “crazy” or angry. What’s more likely is that your mood affects your choice of drink, experts say. (Today was the worst! Give me a tequila shot!…Sound familiar?) Pay attention to what you order — and how much you consume — on days when you’re already feeling off kilter.

6. Wine

The Benefits: Wine has become the very definition of a ‘guilt-free’ treat — and for good reason. Polyphenols, the antioxidants in red wine, may limit the development and progression of atherosclerosis — plaque build up in your arteries that can lead to heart disease. Plus, one to two glasses a day can increase HDL (aka good) cholesterol by about 12 percent, research shows.

The Fine Print: While experts aren’t quite sure what causes it, the infamous red wine headache some sippers experience could easily ruin a night out. Drink plenty of H20 between glasses to keep headaches (and hangovers) at bay.

7. Whiskey

The Benefits: Wine’s not the only beverage with antioxidants: Whiskey also contains polyphenols and offers up heart-healthy benefits similar to wine, research shows. And while it won’t prevent or cure a cold, a hot whiskey drink can give you some symptom relief, one doc says.

The Fine Print: Like any kind of hard liquor, whiskey packs the same amount of alcohol into a smaller serving than beer or wine. Taking shots can quickly backfire, so opt for a whiskey you enjoy and savor it slowly.

Know Before You Drink

While these benefits all sound great, they’re nothing you can’t attain through exercise and eating right. If you do decide to imbibe, keep it to no more than a couple drinks a night!

7 Health Benefits Of Drinking Alcohol

Getting wasted every weekend might not be the best thing for your physical or mental well-being, but moderate alcohol consumption may have some substantial health benefits. It should be noted that alcohol consumption and its benefits vary based on an individual’s body makeup and type.

According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, “moderate alcohol consumption is defined as having up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks per day for men. This definition is referring to the amount consumed on any single day and is not intended as an average over several days.”

Now, we’ve all heard the reasons why alcohol is bad for you, but what about the benefits? Here is our list of seven ways that drinking alcohol in moderation (when you’re of the legal drinking age of course) might benefit your health.

1. It Can Lower Your Risk Of Cardiovascular Disease

The School of Public Health at Harvard University found that “moderate amounts of alcohol raises levels of high-density lipoprotein, HDL, or ‘good’ cholesterol and higher HDL levels are associated with greater protection against heart disease. Moderate alcohol consumption has also been linked with beneficial changes ranging from better sensitivity to insulin to improvements in factors that influence blood clotting….Such changes would tend to prevent the formation of small blood clots that can block arteries in the heart, neck, and brain, the ultimate cause of many heart attacks and the most common kind of stroke.” This finding is applicable to both men and women who have not been previously diagnosed with any type of cardiovascular disease.

2. It Can Lengthen Your Life

Drinking occasionally could add a few years to your life. A study by the Catholic University of Campobasso reported that drinking less than four or two drinks per day for men and women respectively could reduce the risk of death by 18 percent, as reported by Reuters. “Little amounts, preferably during meals, this appears to be the right way (to drink alcohol),” said Dr. Giovanni de Gaetano of Catholic University, another author on the study. “This is another feature of the Mediterranean diet, where alcohol, wine above all, is the ideal partner of a dinner or lunch, but that’s all: the rest of the day must be absolutely alcohol-free.”

3. It Can Improve Your Libido

Contrary to prior beliefs, newer research has found that moderate drinking might actually protect against erectile dysfunction in the same way that drinking red wine might benefit heart disease. In a 2009 study published in the, Journal of Sexual Medicine, researchers found that the chances of erectile dysfunction were reduced by 25 to 30 percent among alcohol drinkers. The lead researcher, Kew-Kim Chew, an epidemiologist at the University of West Australia, conducted the study with 1,770 Australian men. In his study, Chew cautiously noted that he and his team in no way are advising men to hit the bottle, and that further research is needed to accurately connect impotence and alcohol consumption.

4. It Helps Prevent Against the Common Cold

The Department of Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University found that while susceptibility to the common cold was increased by smoking, moderate alcohol consumption led to a decrease in common cold cases for nonsmokers. This study was conducted in 1993 with 391 adults. In 2002, according to the New York Times, Spanish researchers found that by drinking eight to 14 glasses of wine per week, particularly red wine, one could see a 60-percent reduction in the risk of developing a cold. The scientists suspected that this had something to do with the antioxidant properties of wine.

5. It Can Decrease Chances Of Developing Dementia

In a study that included more than 365,000 participants since 1977, as reported in the journal Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, moderate drinkers were 23 percent less likely to develop cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. “Small amounts of alcohol might, in effect, make brain cells more fit. Alcohol in moderate amounts stresses cells and thus toughens them up to cope with major stresses down the road that could cause dementia,” said Edward J. Neafsey, Ph.D., co-author of the study, as reported by Science Daily. “We don’t recommend that nondrinkers start drinking,” Neafsey said. “But moderate drinking — if it is truly moderate — can be beneficial.”

6. It Can Reduce The Risk Of Gallstones

Drinking two units of alcohol per day can reduce the risk of gallstones by one-third, according to researchers at the University of East Anglia. The study found that those who reported consuming two UK units of alcohol per day had a one-third reduction in their risk of developing gallstones. “Researchers emphasized that their findings show the benefits of moderate alcohol intake but stress that excessive alcohol intake can cause health problems,” according to the study.

7. Lowers The Chance Of Diabetes

Results of a Dutch study showed that healthy adults who drink one to two glasses per day have a decreased chance of developing type 2 diabetes, in comparison to those who don’t drink at all. “The results of the investigation show that moderate alcohol consumption can play a part in a healthy lifestyle to help reduce the risk of developing diabetes type 2,” researchers said in a statement to Reuters.