People say there’s an epidemic, but I say there’s only me, alone, in a dark house. My heart beats quickly and my body feels lead-like, moving clumsy and slow. My hands shake and my head swims. My nose runs. I decided not to take a pill today, but now my body is making a different sort of decision. The same body that helps me type 80 words a minute and paste my walls with poetry has now found a different functionality. My muscles and limbs, turned inside out and lit with a strange sort of fire, cry out for stuff that makes them sing in a way nothing ever has before.
You’ve decided to stop drinking. But that doesn’t mean you’ve decided to give up your night out with the guys. And hey, no one’s asking you to stay in with a mug of tea and a blankie, unless that’s your jam. What is being asked of you? Your order, at the bar. So as a new non-drinker, what do you do when the bartender turns your way? Arm yourself with some non-alcoholic drink knowledge, and enjoy your evening out, my friend.
A craving can hijack your brain. Like a bad case of food poisoning for your mind, it can overtake you and leave you feeling totally powerless. In the moment, the desire for a drink can feel larger than anything else, including your intention to not pick up.
There’s a reason you’re reluctant to give your girlfriend (or boyfriend) keys to your place, and it isn’t your fear of commitment. Sometimes your porn habit is tough to think about, nevermind talking about it. You’ve been clicking through tabs and skipping to the good parts more than you’d like to admit. What kind of person lets a screen get the best of them, anyways? And despite being exhausted and ashamed, there’s still nothing you’d rather do with your time. And you’re not alone. Forums full of people just like you are going through the same thing right now. But here’s what Pornhub and Redtube aren’t telling you. They’re tapping into an evolutionary hook nestled way down deep in that ape-man brain of yours.
Booze, like a best friend and a worst enemy, can seem ever-present at pivotal life moments. When you give up drinking, saying no to champagne toasts at weddings and beer at the beach can feel like saying no to not only a drink, but part of an experience. This is where the wonderful, wide world of non-alcoholic drinks swoops in to save your day and enrich your alcohol-free life. Banish your FOMO for good with this list of delicious non-alcoholic beverages to compliment every occasion.
Self-love goes beyond Valentine's Day. So, whether you were coupled up or went stag this year for Valentine’s Day, you’re already on the most important date ever. It’s called your life, and it’s a date planned by you, for you. Pampering yourself like you would a crush can be tricky, but we’re here to remind you that self-love is one of the best loves. Whether you were Galentine’s Day-ing it up or abstained from V-day celebrations entirely, follow these tips any day of the year, and fall in love with yourself all over again:
We live in a world that loves wine. From Girl Scout Cookie and wine pairings, to novelty shirts that declare “You had me at Merlot,” it’s a fixture of our social landscape. More socially acceptable than drinking vodka straight by yourself in the evening, a glass of wine stands as a reward for the busy, sophisticated man or woman.
The short answer to this question is a loud and clear yes. If you’re struggling with addiction, it’s likely that you’re also having a hard time getting to sleep, staying asleep, or staying awake. The same neurotransmitters that regulate sleep are affected by drinking, drug use, and other addictive behaviors. It all starts and ends in the brilliant, boggling brain.
No one starts out an addict. But as patterns of behavior become more dramatic, the lies we tell ourselves balloon. Before we know it, we’re living in a bubble of craving, outlandish behavior, and irrational thought. Let’s check out some common lies we tell ourselves when it comes to addictions: