We are sitting in the Cafe Dumonde, sipping cups of cappuccino and laughing with friends. In our company are two cute older women my friends had picked up the night before. It’s after noon and we are all struggling from the previous night’s drink fest. This is my trip to New Orleans.
Later, as we walk down the street I over hear one of the girls talking about me to my friend.
“He’s a real cool guy, nice smile, but… is he an alcoholic?”
“What, why do you think that?” asks my friend
“Well, it looks like he’s starting to get that puffy face look that most older alcoholics have when they’ve been drinking for along time.” she says
Whoa! Talk about a shocking statement. My head is immediately swimming with thoughts on the effects of drinking alcohol has had on my game. Do I really have a puffy face?
Alcoholics and Their Puffy Faces
You guys know that alcoholic puffy face look that I’m talking about? Just walk into any neighborhood bar and take a look at the older guys and gals in their 40s and 50s that are regulars. They all have that bulbous looking red nose with the cheeks of a blow fish.
There’s a reason why drunken cartoon characters are depicted like this:
Actually that’s W.C. Fields, a well known famous drunkard. It’s his puffy faced big red nose look that you can often see in the many dive bars across the world. It’s the face of an alcoholic.
Now, I don’t look anything near this; I’m quite slender in fact, but the mere mention of the onset of puffy face syndrome is enough to make me take notice and rethink my drinking lifestyle.
Alcohol Is The Ultimate Cock Block
Do I drink a lot? I’d like to say only on occasion but who am I kidding, I’ve been going out to bars four nights a week trying to pick up women; of course I’m drinking alcohol.
Most of the time I do alright with controlling myself and not getting carried away. However, there are those occasion where I do lose control and it’s not pretty.
What’s worse is when you’ve attracted a girl early in the night so that you have a chance to take her home, but then you end up getting so sloppy that it turns into a deal breaker.
This, in my opinion, is the worst kind of cock block. Here’s an example from my New Orleans trip:
I’m in the VIP room of a popular bar on Bourbon Street and I’m getting pretty flirty with one of the shot girls. Not the fake flirty either, where they’re shaking you down to buy shots. She actually agreed to come back to my hotel after her shift; not to mention the make-out in the corner and her constant grabbing of my crotch.
So my plan for extracting this cute girl is to simply wait it out until her shift is over. Here’s the problem, her shift doesn’t end for another four hours and I have already consumed a fair amount of booze. This will not end well.
Of course, I get way too drunk, start mumbling incoherent babble while walking diagonally across the floor. The girl loses interest, ignores my slobbering advances and by the end of the shift I see a blurry vision of my cute shot girl walking out in the arms of another dude.
Creating Better Drinking Habits
“It’s time to start practicing what us big boys call self control.”
I’m willing to admit, I have a problem with alcohol. With some of the stupid messed up things I’ve done, my sometimes inability to stop drinking, and my genetic disposition towards booze (thanks dad); it’s clear that I have alcoholic tendencies. So what the hell do I do?
There are many pick-up artists who claim they go out to bars all the time without drinking a drop. I find this hard to believe and even harder to attempt. The sole purpose of a bar is to drink; it’d be difficult not to. This is probably an unlikely option.
One friend mentioned a good method of keeping control at the bar. He would order a big glass of water every time he ordered a drink. This way you are keeping hydrated while also filling up your stomach so you don’t drink as much.
I could quit altogether. I have given this some serious thought and it’s on the table. It would however mean a big lifestyle change. Much of my social life takes place at bars and quitting would probably mean replacing a large chunk of my social circle, which would be difficult. It’d also mean diving head first into day game, something that most say is easier anyways.
I have a lot to think about.
How do you guys deal with the effects of drinking alcohol on your game?
Any other advice on alcoholism in general?