Strippers and alcohol seem to go hand-in-hand many times, like peanut butter and jelly. Many strip clubs serve alcohol, and actually that is one of the main attractions for many strip club customers: exotic dancers and alcohol. The customers will buy themselves a drink, and then later will ask one of the dancers if they, too, would like a drink.
This is where the problems start. Many strip clubs will hire girls when they are underage. This is perfectly legal in most states: just because a girl is dancing, doesn’t necessarily mean she is drinking. Unfortunately, the clubs do not always enforce the drinking laws and it is not uncommon that a minor dancer imbibes in the occasional drink. It is not the customer’s responsibility to know if the girl is underage or not-it is her and the club’s responsibility. Another problem is if the dancer has had too much to drink already. Walking around is very high stripper shoes and trying to dance while drunk is not an easy task.
So then what should the strippers do? Not drink at all? Not drinking is what I do. I do not like to drink alcohol and so I don’t. What I have done is to make an arrangement with the waitresses, shot girls, and the bartenders to serve me a non-alcoholic shot or drink. This is good for everyone-the club saves money on alcohol (what I get is normally a diet sprite with a splash of fruit juice), I don’t get drunk, and the waitresses/shot girls/bartenders still get their tips. This is one option.
Another option is to limit your alcohol by ordering a sipping drink rather than a shot. Most clubs will have a large selection to choose from. You can also limit your alcohol by having the club put you on a restriction. This means that you are only allowed to drink a certain amount of alcohol each shift.
Drinking can help your sales-it makes the customer feel like you are a fun girl to be around. It also lowers the customer’s inhibitions, making him or her more likely to spend money on you. This works best when the customer is drinking and you are not. Drinking can hurt your sales if you become too drunk. If you can’t talk right, can’t walk, if you’re falling over…all these things are unattractive to most customers.
Let’s say you drank too much the night before a shift and have a hangover-that will hurt your sales because maybe you are too sick to work, or you go to work, but are out of your Super Stripper Zone. What can you do? The first thing to do is prevent the hangover. The best way is to know your limit. You should also drink plenty of water. Alcohol has a dehydrating effect on the body, so you need to make up for that. Taking some Tylenol or Advil before bed can also help. If you already have the hangover, then there isn’t much you can do. All those old wives tales, such as drinking more alcohol, are not true and can actually make things worse. The best thing to do is drink plenty of water or a sports drink that has electrolytes, sleep, and take some pain relievers. Flat ginger ale can help with an upset stomach, as can bland foods like saltines and dry toast.
Remember: Knowing you limit is the best thing for you and your club.