The archetypal girl's night out is the stuff of legend. Until recently, there have been far more popular depictions of guys going HAM (hello The Hangover, Superbad, Animal House et al), but that doesn't mean real live women haven't been gathering in their cocktail-drinking covens for centuries to talk, laugh, dance, cry, and/or party their faces off. As Lady Gaga sings in "Grigio Girls," "pour your heart out, watch your blues turn gold" — which is exactly the goal of a successful girl's night out.
Whether your lady-only soiree is fueled by booze or sober AF, science says you're getting more out of it than just a night of fun. According to research on female friendships done by UCLA, there's a hormonal benefit to us gathering. Women respond to stress by releasing oxytocin, which leads them to "tend and befriend" aka hang out with their best lady friends when the going gets tough. The takeaway? If you want a happier life, the more buddies the better.
So there you have it: proof that your babe times are more than just a good time. Here are the six (of many) stages of a (drinking) girl's night out according to BuzzFeed: