"Bring on the party" could be your motto and there is nothing wrong with this concept. Okay, for the most part, it seems harmless. But life is not a reality show like "The Jersey Shore" and the party girl lifestyle can haunt you. You need to be mindful of your performance, especially if co-workers are attending the same party. Oversharing, drinking too much and making out with people that you don't like are some of the perils that await you. Don't fall off the fast-track in your social life because alcohol runneth over and you want to have care-free fun. You may recall how you fumbled in a bar's dirty bathroom while putting on lip gloss and talking to strangers about your ex. Maybe it's memorable, but regrettable, most definitely. Besides the hangovers, here are 6 dangers of being the party girl.
You will have regrets.If you're a sloppy drinker you don't want your interactions with colleagues or strangers to be a disaster. Know that getting drunk has consequences like getting into arguments, going home with the wrong guy and dancing on the bar or even worse. Be mindful that everything you do can be recorded and uploaded to social media. Who wants to be famous for something that they rather forget? Find a few non-alcoholic cocktails that you adore and bring them to the party to contribute. Make a goal when you go out with friends that you will not have more than one drink. By setting boundaries, you will keep yourself from overdoing it. If you want more than one drink, get a coffee instead or get some fresh air to change your perspective.
You won't be taken seriously.Word gets out pretty quick if you are the party girl. "You've worked hard to create a professional image, and revealing clothes can alter your coworkers' and manager's perception of you as a competent professional," author Susan Bryant advised. People will assume that the only thing that you can do is work a crowd and drink. When your 5-layers of mascara are running down your face and you keep losing your balance in your heels because you're buzzing, how can they take you seriously? Soon you will be called “tragic” and no one will take you seriously when you really need them to.
You risk damaging your reputation.A party is not the office and you need to be on guard. But you can't do this if you drink too much. You never know who will overhear you bash your boss or your friends, so work hard to put this filter on and find someone to help keep you accountable. Yet, there is more! You will text people things you shouldn't text and call people as well. This doesn't bode well for your reputation and frankly, you can find yourself really abashed. Why? Being inappropriate will start to lose its meaning as the party girl lifestyle is again, carefree, but your reputation will likewise go out the window.
You can become addicted to alcohol.The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence reported that 1 in every 12 U.S. adults suffer from alcohol abuse from binge drinking patterns. There are 17.6 million people who are struggling with drinking and dependence. There are 88,000 deaths that are annually attributed to excessive alcohol use and the health problems associated with drinking excessively range from liver disease, heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure and cancer. Drinking can be a slippery slope for people and it can take over your life. What seemed harmless is now an addiction. There is no doubt that it can be dangerous for a person to get drunk when they are feeling distressed. Don't allow alcohol to steal your life because you want to have fun.
You can become a target.Some men will prey on the party girl because they know she's vulnerable. This can lead to abuse or worse. Having fun is one thing, but you don't want to be in a situation where you will be in danger of having unsafe sex or being assaulted. You can be robbed or find yourself in a location that you don't remember how you got there. Respect yourself more and be leery of your environment.
You are wrecking your skin.When you are keeping late hours, drinking and not eating right, your skin will pay the price. Since the skin is the largest organ in the body, it needs to be hydrated as it will clearly show if you are not. "When skin is dehydrated, it creates more oil to make up for the missing water. This can cause breakouts, irritation and dry patches. Skin can even feel oily and dry at the same time," dermalogica.com found. "Additionally, your skin will lose elasticity, be dull and will wrinkle if this is a common occurrence." You may also experience dehydration and experience a change in your moods because of your lifestyle.
Before you go "Whoo-hoo, a party," you might want to pump the breaks for a second and recognize that everything has consequences. The party girl lifestyle is not so much fun when it leads to alcohol abuse, embarrassment and making you look washed up.