Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi's drunk tank experience on the Jersey Shore last month has opened her eyes to the pitfalls of drinking too much ... in the daytime, at least.

The diminutive MTV star said her much-ballyhooed July 30 arrest for disorderly conduct in Seaside Heights, NJ was a wake-up call of sorts, especially after she realized how much she had embarrassed her proud family.

"My dad was very, very pissed," she told a gaggle of reporters in L.A. at an MTV press event on Friday. "He's like, 'I didn't raise you like this.' I just felt really bad, so I'm definitely going to stop drinking during the daytime. And now when I go out, I only have a couple drinks."