You’re out enjoying good times with friends. Then one of them starts exchanging words with the person next to them. Drunken, angry words. Next thing you know they are drawn into a fight, and your friend is either injured or sitting in the back of a patrol car. Was there anything you could have done to prevent this? Maybe so…
Tip #1: Take preventive action.
Alcohol can increase aggression, leading to dangerous behavior like fighting. Some people are prone to getting into drunken arguments, and fights, than others. If one of your friends is like this, help make sure they don’t get themselves in trouble—encourage them to pace themselves when drinking, making sure they eat food beforehand and drink lots of water while drinking alcohol. Help them to avoid alcohol if they are already in an angry mood, as alcohol tends to intensify whatever mood you’re already feeling.
Tip #2: Create a distraction.
People have a hard time focusing on more than one thing when they’re drunk. If your friend starts getting into it with someone at a bar, create a distraction. Tell a joke, change the subject or say something to lighten the mood—help them understand it’s not worth it. Try to get other friends in your group to do the same. If they turn on you or get even more angry, do not get involved in an argument or in any way risk getting drawn into a fight yourself.
Tip #3: Be calm.
Your speech, reactions and body language have an impact on others, so use them to be a calming influence.
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