Drinking on a first date, how much is too much? So we all know the rule, right? Never get drunk on a first date. After all, you are trying to make a great first impression.
Perhaps this first date could be the start of something wonderful. Especially when trying to keep your cool and exude confidence to the new amazing person sitting across from you. Most first dates will be in a location where alcohol will be readily available.
So rather than going teetotal, relax and enjoy yourself because having a few drinks can be a good thing. Waiting in a restaurant for your date or sitting at a bar watching the door as you try not to drain your glass. The fact is that your date is probably feeling the same way and having a nice bottle of wine with your dinner will make for a much more relaxed evening.
Alcohol is a good tongue loosener and conversation usually starts to pick up after the first few sips. Alcohol can also tell you a bit about your date. Whether you go for wine, beer, champagne or a mixer, it shows a little about your personality and whether you know what you want. Does this sound like you? Alcohol changes the way we behave and we all like to think that we are friendly and chatty when drunk but your date may think otherwise. So unless your alcohol tolerance levels surpass that of a superhero, you will at some stage either say or do something foolish.
Remember what we said about making a great first impression and the start of something wonderful? And you can also be certain that if you are waking up with a hangover and feeling too embarrassed to call your date, then they are too. And so your big chance of romance goes begging, all because you suggested some rather naughty sounding cocktails.
But how do you know when enough is enough? The date is such a fantastic night that you forget yourself. You are in potentially dangerous waters when you start knocking back your drinks and once the shots or cocktails come out, things will start heading for the iceberg.
So how can you avoid such disastrous consequences? Well, there are a few golden rules you might want to make your personal first date mantra. Shots and cocktails can be a dubious choice unless table dancing is what you are planning. Pick one and stick to that for the rest of the evening. Choose the drink you always drink.
Water is a real life saver. Make sure there is a jug on the table and drink some. Remember, the aim of the date is to get to know each other, not to get drunk! So if you want a night that you will in all likelihood forget completely due to your one too many drinks then go for the cocktails. But be warned, the chances are that you will be back to square one and planning a new first date.
On the other hand, if you want a night that both of you will remember for all the right reasons, then hold back a little and pace yourself. Drink a little and stay in control and if all goes well then there will be plenty of opportunity for nights of reckless abandon with your new partner.