✖ Nialls guide on how to play a drunk character
Never been drunk before? Maybe you don’t know how to explain how being drunk feels? Well, I’m about to explain.
Now, first of all you don’t need to drink, or have drank and gotten drunk in real life to know, and learn how to write a drunk character. It’s all about knowing the effects, and the facts.
Also you must ask yourself what your characters personality is, because it could have an effect on how they act drunk.
- Is your character normally happy, bubbly, and fun to be around? Well when drunk this can either intensify those traits, or cause them to simmer leaning more towards a calm drunk.
- If your character is already naturally angry, and kind of a douche then maybe alcohol could cause them to become violent. But really anyone can carry these traits when drunk, because being drunk practically helps you become a new person without anything holding you back.
Now there’s also tips on how to know if you’re drunk, so you can get in the mindset of your character and how they’re feeling.
- Typically when you’re starting to get a buzz you get a slight dizzy/light headed feeling, but it’s nothing to be worried over. It actually feels nice, most people become giggly, and are more social this way because they describe a buzz as ‘feeling good’ and you’re not yet to the drunk/plastered stage yet, so it means a lessened hangover the next morning if you stick to the feeling good stage.
- Continue drinking and suddenly you’re going to be a bit more drunk than you bargained for. Dancing on tables possibly, puking, also refer back to my personality traits of a certain drunk to add those into the mix. They could be starting fights, crying, cracking jokes, or yelling over everyone and possibly making an ass of themselves.
- There’s also to the point where someone is completely plastered; now in most cases that I’ve experienced when someone is trashed they can barely stand up straight, and they’ll probably need a sober friend to help them stand up, or take care of them in case they get sick or someone tries to take advantage of them. You’ll normally see the plastered drunks sitting outside, or on the floor, beer/alcohol in hand and either puking, crying, or maybe even laughing because they’re so out of it.
Now, unless your character has never had a sip of alcohol in his or her life, YOU ARE NOT GOING TO GET DRUNK OFF OF ONE BEER/SHOT/WHATEVER.
- If you character is used to drinking, and has many times before they probably have a high alcohol tolerance meaning they won’t get drunk until maybe several beers/shots/drinks later.
- Where as someone who is a lightweight (meaning they cannot hold their alcohol) will be drunk or at least buzzed after 2-4 drinks. Maybe not plastered, but they will be feeling good after those drinks.
Once you know the facts/effects of alcohol you can easily play a drunk character, just think in the mind of a drunk person, picture those effects happening to you. The dizziness, the sudden skip in your step because you feel good, and the blurry vision. Make sure to know what type of drunk you want your character to be, and go with it.