6 Signs You’re Too Old To Drink Like You’re 21

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When you were in your early 20s, getting drunk might’ve been your weekend routine. You’d put on your slickest outfit, meet up with your friends, and head out to a party. But as you get older, you might notice that this alcohol-fueled lifestyle is starting to lose its touch.

No one will flat-out tell you, “Hey, it’s time to stop partying.” But it’s something that you eventually figure out—especially if you pay attention to the signs.

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So, how can you tell if your body would rather be at home under the covers watching Netflix instead of getting drunk?

Keep reading to learn about the telltale signs that you’re ready to move on from partying like you’re 21.

1. You Realize There’s More To Life Than Getting Wasted

As you get older, you realize that while boozed-up social interaction is fun, it feels a bit superficial to you now.

When someone hits you up to party, you know you’d rather spend your free time with your family, enjoy the outdoors, or work on a favorite hobby instead. Or maybe you need to conserve your mental and physical energy for work.

Whatever the case may be, you can feel your priorities shifting away from the days when partying was all that mattered.

2. You Get Killer Hangovers

Over time, you might’ve noticed that your hangovers have gotten worse. And this is your body’s not-so-subtle way of letting you know that you’re too old to drink like you used to.

No matter how mild your hangovers were when you were younger, they’ve evolved now. Too much drinking might cause you raging headaches and nausea the next morning—and you can take this as a dead giveaway that it’s time to cut back.1

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3. Partying Sounds More Exhausting Than Anything

One of the most surefire signs that you’re too old to party like you’re 21 is that the very idea of a party sounds exhausting to you.

You’ll spend hours mentally preparing, and you dread the fact that you’ll be out of commission with a hangover for the next day or two. You’d much rather chill out at home with a glass of wine or your favorite beer, some good company, and a classic movie.

4. College-Aged Partiers Annoy You Now

College-aged partiers seem shallow, loud, and obnoxious to you now. You might still like to drink from time to time, but ultimately, what you really want is peace.

And if you’re going to drink, you’d rather do it in the comfort of your home or with a small group of your close friends—instead of a club filled with rowdy college kids.

5. You’d Rather Spend Your Time (and Money) Anywhere Other Than the Bar

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The bar just doesn’t appeal to you like it used to. All the drunk people yelling and stumbling over each other, the ten dollar drinks, and the messy Uber rides home; when you think about it, you might realize that there are a million other things you’d rather spend your time and money on.

6. The Thought of Hard Liquor Makes You Feel Sick

When your friends invite you to take a shot, the simple thought of it can leave you feeling nauseous.

Your body (and perhaps your blurred memories of retching over a toilet) are urging you to avoid straight alcohol. And come to think of it, you’d much rather be sipping on a mimosa instead.

How To Break the Habit of Heavy Alcohol Use

As you get older, you might realize that your alcohol use is more of a habit than something you do for fun. And this habit can be challenging to beat—even if you know you don’t want to drink like you’re 21 anymore.

Fortunately, online treatment options make getting help for your alcohol use easier than ever. You don’t have to consider yourself an alcoholic to cut back on binge drinking, and you don’t need to check yourself into a physical facility to get help.

In fact, with Ria Health you can get specialized support from medical professionals, weekly coaching meetings, and more—all from a handy smartphone app. Get in touch with us today to learn more.


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Written By:
Alicia Schultz
Alicia is a Minnesota-based freelancer who writes for Ria Health and various other brands in the health and wellness space. Beyond addiction and recovery, she also covers topics relating to general well-being, mindfulness, fitness, mental health, and more. When she’s not writing, you can find her relaxing with her three-legged cat, trying new workout routines, and spending time with her loved ones.
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