TMZ actually had an article found interesting and didn't mention a sports figure or a Kardashian. I know, who would have thunk. Two things stood out. Apparently for now at least the “boyfriend” is back in the picture. Maybe he worked out something that will keep him around until she heads to Vegas for the first time and then they can convince Britney that it's over. The second thing that was interesting which I have personally done many times but wasn't sure other people did is the drink before they get there game.
Britney went to dinner with friends. Britney was a little late but her friends were way early. They all met at a bar in the place and drank as many drinks as they could and then when Britney got there they never touched a drop and didn't let Britney see them touch a drop of anything stronger than sweet ice tea.
After dinner and when Britney left the group went back to the bar and went back to drinking. When I know I'm going out with someone who has drinking issues they need to address but haven't or are in recovery I have been known to get to a place early and have a few cocktails and then not touch a drop once they arrive. I find it easier. You might ask why the cocktails are even needed and it has been my experience that people who have drinking problems but aren't ready to address them might be a more difficult table companion than is normal and that a drink beforehand gets you prepared for the inevitable meltdown when they have their first several drinks.