Driving under the influence or violent rage caused by drunkenness are quite common sights on television news reports and newspapers these days. Hollywood celebrities are the biggest violators of the safe drinking rules even though they have the most ways and means of avoiding the pitfalls of getting drunk and developing that nasty habit that takes months to clean up on rehabilitation facilities. It is not hard to develop good or safe drinking habits provided that you are willing to stand by your own rules.
What kind of rules might this be? For starters, anybody who is going to any sort of gathering, no matter how small must acknowledge that alcoholic beverages will be served and therefore should plan how many glasses or beer bottles can be consumed that night. Although it will take a conscious effort on the part of the drinker to stick to the intake rule, it is easy enough to stick to it if you nurse your drink throughout the night or water the drink down accordingly.
One may also opt to drink the non alcoholic counterparts of beverages if it is being served at the gathering. Do not feel obligated to drink at a party just because everyone else is doing so. If you feel uncomfortable drinking or believe that you have had enough to drink for the night, feel free to turn down any more offers to quench your thirst and remind them that you are more of a social drinker with intake limits as you feel that it is best to stop drinking before you feel drunk. The buddy system also helps to develop good drinking habits.
The friend and you can make prior arrangements regarding alcohol intake and spot each other every time a drink is served, making sure to stick to the predetermined number of drinks, throughout the duration of the party. Basically, safe drinking habits are a matter of self control and self discipline. What works for you may not work for the next guy but is a step in the right direction for responsible drinking anyway. The tips I mentioned are just suggestions. If it works, pass it on and adjust accordingly.