7 types of drunks to avoid at the club

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The Door Guy is a veteran of countless clubs around town. People say they've seen it all, but he's seen more. Write to him for everything from live advice to life advice.

Dear Door Guy:

Okay, I have a problem. Well, it's not my problem, it's my buddy. Every time we go out, he gets really drunk. Like, really drunk. We're at the bar, having a good time, and I turn my head for a second, and he's totally wasted and ruining my fun. It's a complete pain in my ass.

I'm sick of it, because it gets in the way of my good time. I just want him to go away. When is it okay to ditch a drunk friend?

--Just Wants To Hang

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Dear JWTH:
What you describe is a tough spot, but you didn't go into a lot of detail. Drunk friends come in all shapes and sizes, it's not a one-size-fits-all sort of thing.

Over the years, I've seen (and known) many a bad drunk, and there's a plethora of categories that they fit in. I bet you a nice shot of booze that your friend fits into one or more of those categories. Here's a few of my all-time (not at all) favorites -- read on and see if you recognize your friend:

Artwork by Dave Watt

The "Life of the Party" Drunk: Give this person three drinks, and they know exactly how to have a good time. He or she'll get up on a table. They'll approach random strangers and decide they're best friends. They'll yell "SHOTS!" at the top of their lungs like built-in SONAR (and who knows, maybe it's the only way they can navigate the room). They will happily remove articles of clothing. The rare LOTP is as charming as the booze makes him think he is, but 99 percent of them stick out like a sore thumb and make everyone around them uncomfortable. Why, you ask? Because whatever party world they're in, it's one of their own making, and usually has nothing to do with the actual fun times going on around them. For worker bees like myself, this person makes the job a lot like caring for a needy 5-year-old at a day care center. They demand lots of attention, frequent reminders to keep their pants on, and the occasional time-out.

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