Everyone has that friend. You know, the one who always has a little too much of a good time at the club or bar. That friend may even be you. You’ve heard plenty of times from your parents to keep things safe, but how dangerous is binge drinking? Some studies show that recently women in particular may be on the rise for this life-threatening habit.

Drinking is classified on varying levels. You’re officially binge drinking if you indulge in 4 plus drinks for women or 5 or more for men in one night. Alcohol poisoning kills 6 people a day according to certain studies, the primary culprits being male. Alcohol kills when the levels in your bloodstream stop certain areas of the brain that control your breathing and other motor functions. So what are some simple ways to lower your drinking in one night?

For many people drinking is closely linked with social interaction. The more you see people around you drinking, the more you think that you need another one. There are a healthy variety of tips and tricks to help you keep you sobriety intact while out with your friend on the town.

The first and most obvious tip, Gianfrancesco Genoso insists (taken from his Linkedin blog), is to alternate your alcoholic drinks with water . Establish some kind of rule for yourself. For example, for every one drink you have drink one glass of water. Another tactic you can try is to order a drink that could pass as alcohol but doesn’t actually have any. Order a club soda or simply get a sprite and grenadine. Clear liquors are easy to imitate in appearance and can help you disguise the fact that you’re taking clever and safe precautions to ensure your personal safety.

Binge drinking can be fatal. By using these innovative tips and tricks you can still enjoy a night out while maintaining a certain level of sobriety.