You don't have to send your blood alcohol content (BAC) through the roof to have a great time drinking with friends at the bar. If you want to drink less, develop a plan for the entire night, starting with before you leave the house and ending with your safe arrival back home. Try these tips the next time you go out.
Don't Drink Before You Go
Avoid "pre-gaming" or drinking before you get to the bar. Think about why you start drinking at home and consider trying a different strategy.
For example, if it helps you feel less anxious or awkward when you first enter the bar, try going without having a drink at home first and see what happens. You might realize it's not awkward at all.
Buy Smaller Drinks
Do you typically buy doubles or order full pints? Try singles and glass instead of a pint, and make it last as long as a larger drink.
Stay away from shots, though. They can cause your BAC to rise fast because you get all the alcohol at once.