If you choose to drink, it's always smart to have a good plan. In fact, planning makes any social experience a lot more fun and memorable. The same goes for social events during which there is alcohol consumption.
First and foremost, plan on who is going to be the designated driver or how you can find other means of transportation. Second, think about how long the social event is going to last (i.e. tail-gating, a wedding reception or all-night party). Avoid rapid drinking or drinking games. When you play drinking games, you’re not in control of how much you drink.