You’ve made it through five stressful days of juggling classes, meetings, homework, and whatever else life’s thrown at you. The weekend is finally here, and you’re ready to go out – all out. You get dressed up in your party best, perfect that smokey eye, and feeling especially daring, even splash on a bold shade of lipstick. You start to get your drink on, and before you know it you’re throwing back tequila shots like water. As the night progresses, it’s clear to everyone that you’re “that girl” – you know, the one at the party who’s obviously drank way too much. Your symptoms may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Giggling uncontrollably
  • Constantly throwing your hands up and shouting “Wooooh!”
  • Trying to start a fight
  • Dancing unabashedly on various pieces of furniture
  • Aggressively hitting on everyone in sight
  • Obnoxiously ranting about how much your life sucks
  • Crying for no apparent reason

By the end of the night (a.k.a. the wee hours of the morning) you’re a blubbering, sick-to-your-stomach mess. Your once-perfect smokey eye has turned into a goopy disaster, and that lipstick isn’t looking so bold anymore smeared across your face. In fact, you could probably audition for the role of The Joker and nail the part. After an intimate vomiting session with the toilet, you’re out for the night.

Rise and shine! You wake up the next morning afternoon with the worst hangover of your life. While the details are fuzzy, you remember most of what happened and unfortunately it’s not pretty. You’re mortified. You want to crawl under a rock and never come out again.

Now before you start with the overdramatics, here are the DOs and DON’Ts of dealing with the aftermath of an embarrassing night out:

DO apologize to your friends. I can’t stress this enough. They were probably annoyed by your drunken antics but still cared enough about you to take you home and hold your hair back while you threw up. Don’t avoid the situation. Do the mature thing and take responsibility for your actions.

DON’T apologize to everyone who was at that party. If someone was hurt or if property was damaged due to your actions, apologize by all means. But don’t go around saying sorry to every stranger who saw you last night. It’s unnecessary, and frankly a little sad.

DON’T blame it on the alcohol. Everyone knows what alcohol can do to people. It was your decision to drink more than you should have.

DON’T be a repeat offender. Learn from your mistake. Just because you want to blow off steam doesn’t mean you have to plan to get smashed. If you’re going to drink, do it responsibly. You don’t need to swear off partying either. Just understand that you have a limit and don’t cross it.

DO move on. You’re not the first drunk college student to make a fool of herself, and you certainly won’t be the last. The best thing to do is hold your head up and move on with your life. If you act embarrassed, people will be embarrassed for you. Take a deep breath; by next weekend you’ll be old news.