What if you were having drinks with your date and your inhibitions started slowly fading away? Here’s a guide on what to talk about when you’re drunk.
When you are no longer a teenager with a lower tolerance for alcohol and a healthier liver, getting wasted is not an option. Being an adult means you have to maintain a certain level of decorum and avoid embarrassing yourself in front of your colleagues and friends, but more importantly, in front of your date.
It is simply not like before when you can sleep off everything – the shame, the headache, etc. Tomorrow, your date will remember and your friends will remind you about it.
Of course, you cannot entirely avoid being drunk. There will be instances when you’re going to want to have more drinks. Your level of drunkenness is what you want to control. More importantly, you’re going to want to control the words that will come out of your mouth – aside from vomit.
First of all, drink lots of water. Use it as a chaser. Guzzle down the water from the bathroom before you fix your make-up. Do whatever it takes to hydrate.
Second of all, if you already drank too much, throw it all up – in the bathroom! You’ll know when.
For that very reason, we’ve compiled a list of what to talk about with your date when you’re feeling a little drunk. Hopefully, it’ll make some sense in spite of the lack of sobriety:
#1 Daring things you’ve done in the past. Now that you’re slightly – or overly inebriated – funny drunk stories could be the starting point for your next conversation.
This way, your date will learn something new and unexpected about you and vice versa. Just make sure that you are sober enough to keep the really crazy stories in check.
#2 Funny stories from work. Don’t worry! No one from work is going to hear you – unless you’re at the local watering hole of your colleagues. If not, then go at it! If you’re really worried about what to talk about, this is a fun one.
Tell them about how your boss refuses to say your name right, or that the person next to your cubicle smells like turnips. Work stories are limitless! And it’ll sober you up knowing you’ll be going back to work pretty soon. [Read: How to be funny and make people love your company]
#3 Politics. Some people hate talking about politics, and it’s totally understandable. But remember, you are drunk! Whatever you say cannot be held against you!
Just remember not to get angry if your date turns out to be a supporter of the opposite political party. Besides, it can actually be stimulating! You’d be surprised to know how deep and passionate your date can be, especially when arguing for or against an idea.
#4 An unpopular opinion. Discuss it. Have a friendly debate on it. For some reason, alcohol makes people a lot smarter – or at least makes people brave enough to speak up about something or anything.
Get your date to talk about things that other people wouldn’t normally agree with. It’ll give you a new perspective on how other people think. This is especially important when it comes to your date. You might end up in a relationship with them, you know. [Read: How to express your opinions without seeming cocky]
#5 Secrets. You know what they say about drunk talk being real talk. Getting drunk with a date doesn’t have to mean sex at the end of the date. This means you have the chance to finally get answers to some questions you know you can’t ask when sober.
Go ahead! The chances are they will actually spill the beans and admit something juicy or telling. It may also be the perfect chance to talk about some things that are taboo on regular dates, like sex, what to do during sex, and… um… other stuff about sex? That’s what to talk about. [Read: Sex on the first date – Should you give in to the urge?]
#6 Nameless friends. Of course, stories about your friends are just as funny! Just make sure not to give any telling details in case they meet in person. Hopefully, it’ll just end up being a conversation about funny quirks, events, and anecdotes.
#7 Food. This is probably the best topic you can choose when conversing in an alcohol haze. You can talk about anything without feeling judged because you ate a salad for dinner. You can discuss that six-second video about a pastry that you tried to recreate for $50 when you could have bought it for $6.
The best part is that this conversation will make you so hungry that the date will probably extend a little bit more just to calm both of your munchies. Instead of wondering what to talk about, you’ll be thinking of what to order next. [Read: Aphrodisiacs and food hell – A lover’s guide to eating well]
#8 How you really feel about this person. I’m not talking about lovey-dovey feelings. I’m talking raw, unadulterated, expression of interest, attraction, and insight. This is the perfect time to tell someone how much you like them, but in a straight and non-emotional way.
It’s a great exercise that can bring you closer to each other. Even if your date doesn’t feel that way yet, just saying so will increase the level of intimacy – thanks to alcohol. [Read: 20 signs of attraction in a first conversation]
What NOT to talk about when you’re drunk
Yes, you are drunk. Yes, you may say some things that you will regret. Still, reading this list three times over might just convince you to stop and take a second before starting a topic that you wish you hadn’t.
#1 The exes. When you don’t know what to talk about, just stay away from this one. First of all, this date is about the two of you. It is not about your past. Everybody wants to discuss their past, but nobody wants to hear about yours.
So, please try to zip your lips when the thought of bashing your ex comes to mind. There are many reasons why this is a bad idea, such as:
– You’ll bring out the crazy too early and scare off your date.
– You might feel sad thinking about your ex.
– Your date might start to talk about their ex and you’ll end up comparing yourself to them.
– It won’t end well.
#2 Your appearance. Do not even try asking your date if they think you look hot. It reeks too much of basic drunk insecurity – never a good thing. One, it makes you look self-conscious. Two, it will just make your date feel uncomfortable and kill their buzz. [Read: Things guys like in a girl besides her appearance]
#3 What you hate about life. Nobody wants a negative drunk person in the room – the kind who complains about everything and anything. You can do that in a humorous way, but if you are drunk as a skunk, you’ll just sound like an old man griping about his creaky joints.
By putting that right on the table, especially in a drunken stupor, you might end up saying something offensive. Just tell your date what you like about their gender. Specifically, everything you noticed about your date as of that moment.
#5 What you don’t like about yourself. It’s the same thing with talking about your appearance. I know it feels good to let out your insecurities to a person, but a date is not the right one to hear those things.
You have friends, right? Go tell that to them! If not, just go confess online. Lots of people are willing to listen to you in an online forum.
It’s always fun having a drink or two with a date, but sometimes we don’t know what to talk about when we’re drunk. When it comes to dating, you need to have more limits. Not only do you have to be safe, but you also have to maintain tact and civility with someone who is still feeling you out.