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What Happens To Your Friendships When You Stop Drinking

July 14th, 2016 - By Julia Austin
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If you want to take a break from drinking, you’re probably mostly doing it for yourself. Maybe you no longer want to be so hungover on Mondays that you make mistakes at work and constantly get in trouble. Maybe you don’t want to cancel on pretty epic daytime plans you made because you feel like your brain is bleeding out of your ears. You could be ditching booze so you can lose weight (you get the mean munchies when you’re drunk) or because you don’t like how emotional you become when you’re a pitcher of margaritas down. But when you stop drinking, you’ll quickly notice how much it affects people in your immediate circle, like your friends and family. You might even realize a few of your friendships depended entirely on alcohol. Here are ways your friendships change when you stop drinking.

Roofies In 2016: Why Are So Many People Still Spiking Drinks?

May 30th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Just when you thought it was safe to drink in public, research tells us that people are still out here looking for ways to spike your drink.

According to a study from the journal Psychology of Violence, out of 6,000 students surveyed from multiple colleges in the United States, 462 of those students (1 in 13) said they found themselves in situations where their drinks were spiked. That eight percent of young people said they’d dealt with roofies, Xanax, and a lot more alarming drugs being slipped into their beverages. And while those behind the study don’t actually have proof that these individuals were drugged (as in affirmation of such an incident by a doctor), for so many to say they’ve had their drinks tampered with is scary.

But to make matters all the more frightening, 83 people in the study actually said that they did spike a person’s drink. The most popular reason cited for men to mess with people’s drink was because it’s “fun,” while women stated that the most common reason they thought people did it for was sex or sexual assault. A few others said they “didn’t know” why exactly they did it, and it was also mentioned that trying to get “more drunk or high” and to get someone to “relax” was common.

For women, the effects of being drugged were often quite negative, including being sexually assaulted, blacking out or just getting sick. But a small number of men actually claimed they “enjoyed” being drugged.

Suffice it to say, quite a few people clearly don’t see how serious using and forcing other people to use these drugs really is. It’s all “fun” and games to drop stuff in people’s drinks–until the police are called.

15 Water Alternatives For People Who Hate Water

May 10th, 2016 - By Julia Austin
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You know those women who get vodka and water and claim that they “Like the taste?” No, they don’t. They’re trying to cut calories, and that’s fine. But water doesn’t taste like anything, so nobody “Likes the taste.” Your mom tried to get you into drinking eight glasses of H2O as a kid, and your nutritionist has told you time and time again that water will be your best friend in weight loss, but you just never took to the stuff. You gag a little when you drink it. It feels like a chore. You’re not alone. A lot of people actually hate the taste (sorry, the non-taste) of water, but feel like it’s childish to admit it. You don’t have to admit it. But you do need to stay hydrated. So here are 15 healthy alternatives to water.

I Was Ganged Up On At A Party For Not Drinking Alcohol

April 1st, 2016 - By Nneka Samuel
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Thanks to the wonderful invention of camera phones and the popularity of hidden-camera television shows, I sometimes assume that I’m being filmed without my knowledge or consent.  This paranoia typically occurs when I’m in a situation that I can’t quite fathom logically.  Like, this is too weird/funny/fill-in-the-blank not to be recorded.  I’d like to blame this on our film everything, cell phone attached to the hip at all times culture, but I’m sure the highly imaginative writer in me has something to do with this thinking as well.

Case in point, I attended a house party recently.  It was a birthday celebration.  Pretty small, pretty chill.  I went solo; only about 20 or so folks were in attendance.  There was great food, good music and plenty of alcohol.  But I’m not much of a drinker, so I politely declined any alcoholic beverages when they were offered to me.  Besides not caring much for the taste, I have a very low tolerance for alcohol.  A few sips and my stomach is in knots.  It’s not the best feeling in the world, so I figure why even go there?  Save them precious drops for someone who actually wants them.

But I couldn’t have guessed that my lack of drinking would stir up such heated emotions in the other partygoers.  Everyone there was drinking, getting tipsy and having a good time.  Myself included, minus the alcohol.  But strangely, one person after another commented on the cup of water in my hand.  Some straight up found the H20 offensive.  And a few couldn’t believe that I was getting by at this party completely sober.  Others still equated my lack of alcohol consumption as a clear and obvious indication that I wasn’t having fun.  How dare I refuse to have a good time at a party…

That’s when the writer in me kicked in.  Was I being punked?  Suddenly, I felt like I was unknowingly shooting a PSA with a bunch of paid actors who could pass for teenagers in the same way that 20-something actors did in the ‘90s on shows like Saved By The Bell and My So-Called Life.  And clearly this PSA, in which I was the unsuspecting star, was meant to showcase the ills of peer pressure in a “This is your brain on drugs” kind of way.  At any second, the party was going to turn from awkward and uncomfortable to “Why didn’t I get out of there sooner?”  But the more I looked around, the more I realized that there were no cameras, hidden or otherwise.

In that moment, I felt like an ancient relic.  More like the unfortunate subject of a freak show.  I never in my life received so much attention for the contents of my red plastic cup.  These perfect strangers ganged up on me for not having fun in a way that matched their standards. Sure, I can blame their obnoxious behavior on the liquor, but the bigger picture to me, the most important eye-opener is the fact that not only do I have a low tolerance for alcohol, the older I get, the less tolerance I have for BS – alcohol induced or not.

The old me would have internalized the taunting of a tipsy few and allowed that petty foolishness to feed my own insecurities.  I would have stayed at that house party out of obligation to prove a bunch of strangers wrong.  And for what?  Eff that.  I wasn’t having the time of my life but I was certainly enjoying the food, the music, and the company. But the fun sure did stop once people kept accusing me of being a party pooper because I didn’t join them in a drink or two.  I didn’t take their words to heart, but the incessant and unnecessary attention put a serious damper on what was formerly a chill, relaxed mood.  So instead of hanging around and being privy to more bs, I stood up for myself and reminded anyone who asked that it’s perfectly possible to attend a party, not drink at said party and live to tell the tale.  And then I said goodbye to the host and took my sober butt home.

Now, at the end of the day, was the party that serious or that big of a deal?  Not at all.  It was simply an odd experience that I couldn’t resist sharing.  An experience that unexpectedly showed me how much I’ve grown.

Have you had a similar experience?

5 Tips For Traveling With Co-Workers Who Work Hard And Play Even Harder

March 1st, 2016 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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If you work in a close-knit environment, traveling with co-workers can seem like fun and a new way to form deeper bonds with colleagues. However, sometimes work trips can expose the worst, not only in a co-worker, but in yourself, especially when alcohol is involved. Here are five tips to survive a work mentality of work hard play hard when your co-workers are as lush as they come.

Avoid Camera Footage

Many of us love to take (or be in) photos or videos to document and remember our trips, regardless if they are more professional than personal in nature. However, sometimes pictures and videos can be misread and downright inappropriate, especially when posted to social media. If the latter is going down and you don’t want to end up on World Star Hip Hop, make sure to avoid cameras at all cost.

Don’t Drink With Them

Remember the old adage: Birds of a feather flock together. Well, in this case, you don’t want to heavily associate with the coworker who is always drunk during the trip because when others relay what the drunk coworker did or did not do, you will also be involved in the story and higher-ups might not take so kindly to that.

Don’t Overshare Your Personal Business

When some people get tipsy, they become very talkative and might spill your health, relationship or even financial business to other colleagues. You should, of course, be cordial with your co-workers, but don’t share why you had sex with your boyfriend on your first date or why you don’t have a savings account.

Don’t Engage In Sexual Activity

Traveling often encourages people to relax and drop their guard; combine that with alcohol and its not long before it seems like people are trying to relive their golden years of college. If you happen to be attracted to the coworker who will frequently blame many things on the alcohol, it’s best for you to keep your distance. Aside from the potential health risks, the lush co-worker may be the type to kiss and tell and no one wants to be on the front page of the office gossip newsletter. Plus, things could get really awkward when you have to return to your regular work environment.

Always Remain Professional

Remember why you are on the work trip: to work. Network with other colleagues in your field and explore the city you traveled to, if you can, but uphold professional boundaries between you and the rest of your team, just as you would in the office. The trip is temporary; your professional reputation is forever.

“I Never Got To Taste Cristal”: Did You Know These Celebrities Had To Quit Drinking?

April 13th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Who started drinking in middle school? And who staged their own intervention?

These celebs used to live by the mantra, “turn down for what?” But today, they’re living an alcohol-free lifestyle. The stars who quit drinking are living a much more sober life — and loving it!

Tried And Tested Hangover Cures To Get You Through Tomorrow

December 31st, 2014 - By Meg Butler
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Sometimes having a happy New Year comes with not-so-happy consequences. There are no instant hangover cures, but stick to these tricks and you can battle most of your symptoms until you’re body’s feeling better.

Do You Know Which Of These Drinking Myths Are True?

December 31st, 2014 - By Meg Butler
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Before you head out for your New Year’s libations, be sure you know the truth behind these common drinking myths.

Ladies, It’s Time To Elevate Your Palate With An Eau De Vie

July 21st, 2014 - By Raven Carter
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It’s summer time, and that means brunching and rooftop cocktails are in full effect Friday-Sunday (at least). While we’re sure you’ve already sipped on your fair share of warm weather staples like Sangria and the ever-quoted Moscato, it’s time to introduce your taste buds to something more sophisticated and new, a la an Eau De Vie. Not sure what that is exactly? Allow us to explain.

An Eau De Vie is an ultra-premium traditional French spirit made with only one exceptional ingredient: 100% French grapes. Unlike Vodka, which by definition must be odorless and flavorless to be classified as such, Eau De Vies retain their natural grape flavor making it appetizingly smooth chilled over ice, or as the perfect base for a mixer of your choice to create a uniquely flavorful cocktail. If just telling you how this unique cosmopolitan spirit will upgrade any drinking experience isn’t enough to convince you, let us show you the difference an Eau De Vie like Rémy Martin V can make during a day or night out on the town.

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Let Me Buy You A Drink… Liquor Black People Love

December 13th, 2013 - By Meg Butler
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Last week we told y’all about Slate’s detailed explanation of why black folks love cognac, but the truth is that’s not the only liquor we fancy. It’s never a surprise to us when someone of color orders one of beverages.

Liquor Black People Love

Moscato

Black folks love Moscato so much NPR did a report on it. It’s sweet, easy to find,  and it’s enjoyed a shout out from rappers from Lil’ Kim to Drake. Even NeNe Leakes started her own brand called Miss Moscato.