Besides the Golden rule of not talking about religion, politics, or women Alcohol affects each one of us in different ways. For some it's euphoric and brings about an intense sense of happiness and excitement. For others it creates a brooding atmosphere of sadness and depression. In either scenario, here are certain things one must not do, at any cost, and this goes for the women as well 1 - No work email/SMS/phone call - And by No, I mean a big NO! Have experienced way too many slurry, incoherent phone calls, emails and text messages to clearly advise, this is a big no. You'll damage not only your reputation and cred, but also end up doing something that you are going to regret BIG Time. Drinking time is fun time, keep the office out of it. Better, leave your office mobile, BB at home (unless your GF/BF is going to ping you and your partner might find out 2 - No getting (too) drunk with office mates - At the end of the day, they are your office colleagues, not friends (well not always, but still). Getting way too drunk with them especially is not something that will go away easily. Your friends might take a few pictures of you and rib you about passing out last night; Your colleagues will make sure you remember it everytime you meet em. 3 - Post on social networks/comment on friend's update - It might seem like a good idea when you're high, but you might regret it the next day. Have a simple rule with your friends, no uploading drunk images or status updates etc. It'll keep things much easier and less embarrassing. Also avoid commenting/liking/tweeting anything that seems just right at that moment. It's not you, and its probably not something you would want others to read. So be very very very careful. 4 - Call/Text someone - Be very careful who you call, and whose call you answer. If possible, start with a disclaimer that you are slightly to moderately high, and it would be best if you spoke later. Also avoid those pangs to call your ex and tell em how much you miss him/her or what an a$$hole they are. It'll save you a lot of headache. 5 - Get into a fight or argument - Remember, alcohol affects everyone differently. The meek guy your friend just introduced you to, might be a totally different person under the influence. Avoid prolonged arguments. If you can feel your volume rising during a conversation, and it happens more than twice, you need to calm the F down. (Not that you'll be sober to realize that). So always, discuss subjects with a cool head and open mind. People get more and more opinionated as they get drunk, and they tend to stick to it stronger when high. You'll never get a point across to a drunk person. And you might just end up getting into a scuffle. It might seem fine when you're high, but things can quickly get out of control and escalate into much worse. Better to come home than to end the night in a hospital. (Been a part of too many drunk fights/arguments to now know better). 6 - Get physical otherwise - Avoid cozying up with someone, especially if that someone is a crush or a complete stranger. You might either send across a completely incorrect impression, or regret it the morning after. Also the chances of things going wrong are much higher when you are high. So no action when you're boozing. 7 - Flirt with someone - Beer Goggles is a thing. Learn and remember that. If you really like someone you just met, take a break, go to the loo. Try and remember their face. If you can recollect, you're good (for now) If you cannot remember how they look, you need to back off the booze and probably the hitting as well (For all you know he/she would've disappeared by now). But don't come across as someone desperate, when you're too drunk. The mind tries too hard to please, and you end up appearing wasted than you actually are. 8 - Talk about personal issues - Or probe someone else to talk about theirs. Especially if you are in a group. In a one to one drinking session it's fine. But no one in a group wants to know whats your latest dilemma or sob story. Everyone's there to have a good time. Starting out with a sad story is only going to spoil the fun and the night. 9 - Drive - As much as in control you believe you are/would be, alcohol does numb the senses and our reaction times. You wouldn't wanna live with the guilt of killing someone just because you thought you could drive and it was manageable. It's not. 10 - Over do the booze or Food - Remember, alcohol makes our body crave for fatty, sugary food. And that cannot really be a good good thing. And the high of alcohol makes our body want more alcohol. Set a limit on what you eat and what you drink. Decide the time/duration of your outing/party and pace yourself accordingly. There's no point being drunk as hell and not enjoying your night. And the next morning as well. If you have done three or more from the above list, this article needs a share from you! If you liked it, do share and spread the word! Hic. Drink wisely!