Alternatives to Social Drinking

Its a Friday night. You are sitting around with a few friends in your living room. Your parents are out of the house for the evening. You don’t have any big plans and you have already seen everything good on Netflix. Your friends are talking about going home when you suddenly remember your parents have some beer in the fridge. You offer and everyone grabs one and starts drinking. A few beers in and everyone is having a great time.

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The great time does not last forever, though. The next morning you wake up nauseous with an awful headache. Your friends groggily walk home and you are left with the mess to clean up. With a raging headache you clean the living room and manage to hide all the bottles. You make your way back to bed. It seems like your head just hits the pillow when your parents start to yell from the kitchen. Where is our beer?

They do not buy your I don’t know, maybe the cat drank it excuse. Now your friends can’t come over at all. You might have saved one Friday night, but you ruined many to come – and your parents’ trust.

While you might never experience the exact situation above, at some point drinking will come up. And while it might seem like a good idea in the moment, there are consequences the next morning and they are never worth it.

You might be asking yourself, but what else can we do? We need to do something. Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered, here are ten things to do on a Friday night when you have run out of ideas.

Watch the worst movie you can find

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You might think you have seen everything on Netflix, but you probably have not. Watch a really random, really bad movie. My suggestion Nico the Unicorn. It is about a young boy who buys a pony and – you guessed it – it turns out to be a unicorn. The movie is a non-stop roller coaster of emotion in all the worst ways.

 Board games/ Coloring books

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Now, this might sound a little childish, but there is nothing wrong with that! Break out an old board game; I suggest Monopoly (it is much more fun now that you are older, because you actually understand how the game works.) Or pull out that classic princess coloring book, put on some good music and go to town. It is surprisingly fun.

Chopped/Iron Chef Challenge

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There are two ways to do this. For the first one, raid your parents’ pantry (you should probably ask them first) and choose about five ingredients.  Have everyone try to make the best meal they can with those five ingredients.

The second option is go to the Dollar Tree (or a grocery store) and have everyone buy five ingredients; each person gives them to someone else to use to make a meal, and the best one wins!

Make a YouTube video

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It can be anything. Make a music video for your favorite song. Make a how to video and walk everyone through the steps of making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Tell everyone a funny story and reenact it with your friends. Make a Vlog. The possibilities are endless.

Video games with random challenges

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So you have played Mario Kart with your friends about 20 billions times now. But have you played Mario Kart with sticky notes on the screen so you can’t see everything? Have you played Rainbow Road backwards? Pick a game, break all the rules.

Watch a movie on silent and make up the dialog

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Pick a super dramatic movie that nobody has seen before and assign everyone characters. Turn off the sound and make your own plot line. Its simple, it is hilarious.

Take random Buzzfeed quizzes

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Taking Buzzfeed quizzes is how you find out the answers to the most important questions in life. Which Harry Potter House would you be sorted into? What is your dream career? Which Taylor Swift song is actually about your life? Who would play you in a movie about your life?

GoodWill Bowling

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Go to Goodwill or any other thrift store and pick out an outfit for a friend. The more outrageous the better. Make your friend where said outfit and go bowling or really anywhere else in public so you can show off your new look.

Build a blanket fort.

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Find all the blankets and pillows in your house and go to work. Try to make the most elaborate blanket fort possible and hang out in it. Watch a movie, get out your coloring book, or a play a board game.

Get movies from the library- all night marathon!

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Go to the library and check out as many movies as they will let you and watch them all in a row. Make snacks and watch all night long. Personal suggestion: watch all the Harry Potter movies – it only takes 17 hours. And it is 100% worth it.

~ Tina

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