Cinco de Mayo is this Sunday, which means your weekend MIGHT involve some drinking.  But if you're on a date, you'll want to keep things in check so you don't get too sloppy.  Here are five tips for properly pulling off a drinking date . . .

1.  Eat Something.  If you're not having dinner together before you go out, make sure you still eat something.  Just keep it light . . . like half a sandwich or a quick snack . . . so you don't feel sick once you start drinking.

2.  Drink Water.  A good rule of thumb is to have a glass of water for every one or two drinks:  You'll pace yourself better, it keeps you hydrated, and you'll be less likely to have a nasty hangover.

3.  Play a Game.  If the bar you're at has pool or darts, play a few rounds.  As long as you don't turn it into a DRINKING game, it should provide a distraction so you're not just sucking down alcohol while trying to make small talk.

4.  Take It To a Second Location.  Once you've had a few drinks at one place, walk or cab it to another place.  It'll give you a short break to sober up, you'll get a change of scenery, and you'll get a chance to talk on the way. 

5.  Stick to Beer.  There's no faster way for things to turn sloppy than taking tequila shots.  So if you're a lightweight, stay away from the hard stuff and stick to beer.