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‘I’m Tired Of Having To Mind Her’: When Your ‘Messy Drunk Friend’ Becomes A Problem

Most of us have a friend who can’t handle their drink. Most of us also have a ‘messy night out’ once in a while – it’s not advisable, but it happens. With this friend, though? Every night out has the potential to end in disaster.

“When Fiona and I were in college, we both had some bad experiences with drinking. It didn’t seem like a big deal at the time, but while I’ve copped on, she’s never seemed to,” says Michaela. “We’re well out of our college years now but she’s still drinking like a student. With her, there’s no such thing as going out for a quiet pint – she’ll always end up screaming at people, falling over, and almost getting into scraps.”

The part that hurts the most is that this friend is otherwise an amazing person, and can be so much FUN. They’re the life of the party – flirting with bouncers, plying you with
Baby Guinnesses, dragging you to the dancefloor when your favourite song comes on. But somewhere between midnight and 3am, it’s like the spell breaks, and the carriage turns into a pumpkin. Your ‘fun friend’ is suddenly aggressive, weeping, or unbelievably stubborn (or sometimes, all three). She’s hell bent on finding trouble, whether it’s by wandering off with dodgy types or squaring up to imagined enemies. Getting her into a taxi and home is a feat of physical and emotional strength.


Source: Valerie Loftus, Stellar, 17th April 2019

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