I started drinking when I was in college and it began when I joined my group of friends in school. We would usually hangout on weekends and drink at one of their houses and would even go out to bars to have a good time. It’s really more of a social thing as I really do not drink when I’m alone and I don’t like to drink at home. I’ve been sober for more than 2 years now and I’ve never been drunk for more than 4 years although I’m still drinking, I make it a point not to go over 1 bottle a month. However, during the early days of my drinking, I wasn’t able to control it that much and I got drunk a few times and it was not a real good experience.
The first time I got really drunk was at a birthday party. It was one of my friends’ birthday and it was held at their house a couple of cities away. Luckily, I did not bring my car that day and that somehow gave me the go signal to drink away that night since I didn’t have to worry about driving. We were all there and there were more than 15 of us. We made “tagay” (it is when we put all the beer in a container and we alternately drink from a single full glass to make it even amongst us) and as the night continued to go deeper, we lost count and some of us already started to feel tipsy and dizzy. I was the first who got really drunk that night. I remembered that I’m already shouting and laughing real hard.
I think, about after midnight, I was already out and the last thing I remembered was when I vomited. Then, when I got fully conscious, it was already lunch the next day. I did not know how I was able to go home and what happened before I started to forget what was happening. I was told by my mom that I was brought home by my friends and they let me sleep when I didn’t feel good. As soon I got home, I broke the door of the house trying to get in. I was shocked and I hated that it had to happen and to add to that, my head was killing me that morning.
Another instance when I got real drunk was during one of our team buildings in my first company. That was the worst I’ve had. We were swimming in a private pool and it was night time when we decided to start drinking the hard stuff such as tequila. We were already drinking beer that afternoon so it was easy for me to get drunk. It just so happened that I was actually vulnerable at the time since I had a crush on one of my colleagues and she totally ignored me. I drank more than 8 bottles of strong beer (that’s 355 ml each) coupled with more than 10 shots of tequila. It was a disaster, I broke down and got hysterical (that’s what they told me) and the next thing I remember I destroyed the team building all by myself. The next morning, everyone was gloomy because of what I did and some had already left early. My friends stayed with me and helped me out and one of them drove my car for me as I was still dizzy and my hangover was really bad.
There were 2 other instances when I got drunk but other than that, I haven’t been drinking much. It was fun when you start drinking and you start to somehow feel that you’re getting loose. It is almost always unexpected what you can possibly do while drunk. You may remember some of the things but it is true that getting really drunk will make you forget much of the details. I’ve only drank a couple of beers this year (around 8 bottles or so) and that’s that. It’s ok to drink but not too much. Stay safe and take care.