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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!
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.
Before you head out for your New Year’s libations, be sure you know the truth behind these common drinking myths.
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. Read the rest of this entry »
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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.
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.
My younger brother got married last year and even though I wasn’t exactly thrilled to have new family members, I always played my part as his big sister and tried to remain politely diplomatic from a distance. It wasn’t that they were bad people; it was more of a personality thing. Not to sound like a snob, but they were a little rough around the edges and even though I don’t consider myself high-maintenance, I definitely make the effort to stay fashionably current. Maybe it’s because I reside in the fashion capital of the world – you kind of have to step up your game in order to get the right kind of attention.
My brother’s in-laws hail from Atlantic City but he and his wife remained in Maryland and they bought an amazing house, which they absolutely adore. So of course they couldn’t wait to play host for the holidays and they invited the whole family on both sides to indulge them. I had planned on spending the holidays with my boyfriend’s family but I suddenly found myself single and even though I tried to get out of it, I ended up on the Bolt Bus headed for Greenbelt, MD. It was actually Thanksgiving Day, and I arrived later that evening, exhausted, starving and moody. All I wanted to do was dive into bed. I didn’t have the energy to pretend that I was happy to see everyone or pretend that I enjoyed the food. My sister-in-law’s mother is a notoriously bad cook who relies on canned goods and artificial flavoring and I knew that I would not end the day with a good home cooked meal.
As soon as the door flew open, I was readily embraced and everyone seemed to be a having a jolly good time. There was food everywhere; music blasting and there was liqueur. Lots and lots of liqueur, I had no choice but to jump right in and things got even more chaotic. This was my first bonding session with people that I didn’t know very well and I felt that I needed to try to stay sober and behave myself so they at least have a good impression of who I really am. But that plan went out the window once I downed my third vodka and cranberry. I wasn’t sure if this was an indication of the way the in-laws get down for the holidays but I knew why I was drinking so much. I needed an escape from what I thought was going to be a disastrous affair but even in my drunken haze, I could tell that the feelings being expressed were genuine. I felt guilty for being so judgmental in the beginning and not giving them a chance to show me their true colors.
We spent the next day nursing our much-deserved hangovers and I was able to really connect with everybody as we sat around and shared stories and experiences. I found out that both my sister-in-law’s mother and grandmother were breast cancer survivors and they actually instigated my first mammogram exam this past summer. After a nice long weekend, I hopped on the bus back to New York, and as I looked out the window, I felt grateful. I was thankful for the fact that my brother had married the love of his life and inherited a new family. I was also thankful that I was able to share the wealth and I couldn’t wait for another opportunity to get to see them all again.
Every couple will have their differences—big and small—and while, for the most part, we appreciate one another’s differences, and even try each other’s habits/viewpoints on for size, there is one difference that you just can’t mess with: vices that you don’t share. For the sake of this article, we’ll use alcohol as an example. But the rules apply to almost any vice from smoking to online shopping.
A new study from Yale University found that African American college aged “girls” (read: women) are less likely to develop drinking problems than white girls because of cultural and environmental factors.
The study cited parental disapproval, a more conservative attitude toward drinking and higher church attendance as reasons why there is such a stark difference between the two racial groups. The New Haven Register summarized the findings like this:
The study, published Thursday in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, focused on 3,500 female twins, both identical and fraternal, “to look at the relative contributions of genetics vs. environment on (the) age of first drink and problem drinking,” Sartor said.
What we found is that there’s no shared environmental effects” in African-American teens who abuse alcohol, Sartor said. “Family environment is not playing a role in problem drinking.” For black girls who drink heavily, genetics and individual experiences, such as different friends or traumatic events, are more relevant, she said
At a community and cultural level, European-Americans are not doing as good a job at protecting their girls from problem drinking as African-Americans are.”
Interestingly enough, this is not something we needed a study to tell us. As someone who attended a predominately white university, when girls were being carried home, throwing up in elevators or falling out in the street they were white. Not that black girls didn’t get wasted but the numbers didn’t lie.
While the study cited church and less importance placed on drinking etc, after some discussion about the issue in our office we also concluded that black people are less carefree when we go out partying. Many of us are keenly aware of the fact that if we get too intoxicated to take care of ourselves and end up causing some type of disturbance, we’re less likely to get the benefit of the doubt. We just might be interacting with the police. And if have to interact with the police that just might mean we’ll endure abuse, mistreatment or in some cases even death. If we get too drunk and end up lost or missing we know there won’t be national searches looking to ensure that we’re returned to our families safely.
It’s a sad tale; but for many of us, we don’t even leave the house on the same level of abandon or “carefreeness” that white women do. In addition to the safety issues, we know that if we’re in a mixed crowd many of us are also worried about how we’ll be perceived if people who aren’t black see us out here acting a fool.
But that’s just our theory. What are some of the reasons you think African American college-aged women drink less than white women?
After dating for a while and taking a break and then getting back into the game, it’s no surprise that we pick up certain habits along in the way. Unfortunately, a lot of women pick up certain habits that really need to be broken. If you’re looking to get back into the dating world or you want to make sure that your dating etiquette and techniques are actually going to get you the results you want, make sure you aren’t doing these things.
Growing up, drinking was never a big thing for me. My parents rarely drank and apparently in high school I was hanging out with the wrong crowd; because while my peers were getting wasted at house parties, I was raving about the wonders of Simply Lemonade.
So needless to say, witnessing how much drinking was a part of adult, social life came as a bit of a surprise. I was surprised that some folks seemed to get uncomfortable when I mentioned that I didn’t plan on drinking for the night. Eventually, I would find cocktails I like and I do sip every once in a while, (mimosas are my fave); but, I still don’t view alcohol as a requirement when I step out. I know that a lot of people do though; but I thought, for sure, that the one time folks would avoid alcohol completely was when they were pregnant.
I was wrong about that too. I remember once going out with a pregnant acquaintance who was celebrating her birthday. When everyone else ordered their cocktails, she quietly and sheepishly ordered a glass of wine, rationalizing that a little wouldn’t hurt right? I was shocked! But she wasn’t the only one. Women who weren’t even pregnant, talked about how they planned to drink a little bit during gestation because their doctor friends had told them it was all right in moderation. Well, ok then, to each her own.
But to me, all of this just seemed so risky. We all know that the a fetus receives nutrients through the mother’s bloodstream, the placenta and then onto the fetus’ bloodstream. Even if you’re drinking in small amounts, that’s still going directly into your baby’s blood stream. And what seems like a small glass of wine to you, is not so small to a growing baby, especially when it’s not being digested first. The whole drinking while pregnant notion sounded a bit selfish. I kept thinking if you can’t give up alcohol for 9 months, are you really ready to handle the other sacrifices that will inevitably come, for the sake of your child?
But maybe I have the whole thing wrong because a recent UK study found that drinking in moderation, two units of alcohol (i.e. a glass of wine or a half pint of beer) a week, didn’t pose any threat to children. The study which has been going on for over a decade categorized pregnant women into four groups: abstainers, light drinkers, drinkers etc. Researchers then studied the children after birth, measuring cognitive abilities, emotional development and behavior. They found that the light drinkers had children with no deficits compared to the children of abstainers. Surprisingly they found that the children of the women who drank lightly had fewer behavioral problems and higher cognitive abilities.
Despite the findings, the study is not carte blanche for women to be able to drink with reckless abandon, believing it will make their children intelligent and well behaved. There are obviously other factors that contribute to these characteristics. Plus there are some people who have a negative reaction to alcohol. Whether that be the mother or the child, drinking even lightly could still pose a potential threat. But the study is interesting considering it goes against everything we’ve been told from medical professionals for years now.
It’ll be interesting to see if the results of this study affect the women who were on the fence about completely eliminating alcohol during gestation. Will health professionals start issuing guidelines and portion controls rules about pregnant drinking?
Like I said, personally, drinking is not a big deal to me so I’m sure I won’t even consider sipping while I’m pregnant. There are just too many things that can go wrong during pregnancy; that if I could control this one thing, I wouldn’t feel comfortable risking it.
What about you though? Did you already drink during your pregnancy? Do the findings of this study change your beliefs about drinking during gestation? Is it something you feel comfortable doing?