Anyone who spent a chunk of their high school, college, and/or post-college years dealing with their hammered friends is well-prepared for life with a preschooler. My little dude is four, and I frequently find myself having early-20s flashbacks while trying to care for him while simultaneously dealing with his antics. While there's no denying that toddlers are like your drunk friends who have gone way past the point of speech or ability to do anything, preschoolers are your drunk friends a couple hours before they've reached that point.
After all, life is a party and preschoolers seem pretty damn excited to have been invited. Their excitement can be a blast, sure, but they’re going to need a steady hand and a boatload of attention to make sure they make it out of the party alive and in one piece and not with some kind of criminal record (because, to some kids, timeout might as well be a prison sentence).
None of this is an indictment against either preschoolers or drunk friends, for I have been both a preschooler and a drunk friend and I’ve experienced my fair share of tun times as both. However, I think it’s important to realize, both as a parent and as a steward of a drunk person, that there is very little difference between the two. (Which can come in handy, since you will be utilizing the same skill set to handle either type of person.) Don't believe me, well let's dive a little deeper, shall we?