1. You get rosy.
In my case (because Asians lack the metabolism that breaks down the alcohol), I get red. I’m talking beet red and only one shot in. This is followed by questions such as, “Why are you so red?” or “Are you drunk, already?” Sure, one shot and I’m completely inebriated.
2. You like everyone – especially those you don’t usually talk to.
For some reason, alcohol convinces you that it’s a good idea to talk to people that you don’t normally talk to. Whether it be complete strangers, people you don’t even like, or ex-boyfriends(the worst!), suddenly you want to be their best friend.
3. And in some cases, you like people a little too much…
Sometimes you end up in bed with someone that you just met… which is followed by regret the next morning. We’ve all been there…
4. You think you’re Beyoncé.
You want to sing Beyoncé songs and dance Beyoncé dances because you, in your state of mind, think that you can sing and dance just like her. One time, I found myself at a small bar in Brooklyn, NY singing “Irreplaceable” and moving my hips, channeling my inner Beyoncé. The best part is that everyone else is drunk too and cheering you along in support of your efforts, that may or may not be a fail, of mimicking Queen B herself.
5. You wish you could document EVERYTHING.
Is it fear that you’ll wake up the next day and forget, or is it because you think you’re having SO MUCH FUN that everyone has to see it and be envious of you? This of course means countless tweets, instagram pictures, check ins, and snapchats that your friends do not even care about.
6. You are a glass case of emotion.
And if you are like me, you already are on a daily basis, so this is just heightened. You hear something funny and it is the funniest thing you have ever heard. Someone says something insulting and you are immediate waterworks. And in extreme cases, you’ll fight someone for giving you a dirty look.
7. You’re suddenly very hungry.
After a few hours of drinking and dancing, food sounds good right about now. Mexican, preferably. My go to was carne asada fries from a 24 hour taco shop when I was back home, but now it’s this 24 hour Chinese restaurant in Chinatown. In most occasions, the food isn’t even good– it’s just food that happens to be there, and suffices your appetite.
8. It sounds like an EDM concert in your head.
Maybe it’s just me, but my head throbs with sounds of UNTZ UNTZ UNTZ and it’s just awful. This is not appealing to me when sober and definitely not when drunk.
9. You try to sneak off to go take a nap.
Sleep is all that is on your mind and you can’t wait for the precious moment of your head hitting the pillow. At my 21st birthday party, I tried to sneak away from the party and attempted to fall asleep in the bed of my friend’s truck. My cousin found me and then I fell trying to get out of the truck. All a girl wanted to do was sleep!
10. You wake up and tell everyone, “I am never drinking again!”
… just a complete and utter lie because someone is throwing a shot of Hennessy in your face before you can even finish the sentence and it’s round two all over again. “After tonight, I’m never drinking again!”