This post was originally published on After Party Chat and republished with permission.
We’ve all got at least one Facebook friend who just can’t stand Alcoholics Anonymous and needs to let the world know it every chance that they get. I usually politely ignore them. But the latest anti-AA screed to show up in my newsfeed was too irritating to ignore.
First off, let me start by saying that I’m not a member of AA, lest my opinion be dismissed as coming from a member of “the AA cult.” Have I been to meetings? Yes. Tons of them. Do I attend meetings today? No, I don’t. At one point I attended regularly, and it helped me. At a certain point, it no longer helped me and so I stopped. Simple as that. Keep reading »
This past week, I’ve been both livid and mortified by the national news coverage of my beloved alma mater Eckerd College, thanks to the following letter from the university president, sent last Sunday to the entire student body:
Dear Eckerd College students,
As you know, the College has launched an educational and awareness campaign to attempt to minimize sexual harassment and assault in our community. The goal is to raise the awareness of all community members with respect to sexual harassment and assault and to help prevent those incidents by that increased awareness.
You also know that our College is not alone in its concern about such behavior, principally among its students. And you know that these incidents are almost always preceded by consumption, often heavy consumption, of alcohol, often by everyone involved in them.
You can do your part in helping this College and this culture address this nexus of problems by doing two relatively simple things: Keep reading »
The holidays are upon us, which means it’s time to start shopping for the perfect gifts to get for your loved ones. As much as I’m sure your dad enjoyed that tie you got him, and your best friends are using the picnic basket you bought (ha), why not give them something that they’ll really love this holiday season: assistance in drinking themselves through the New Year. We’ve compiled 15 awesome drinking-related gifts to aide in all of those awkward family photos and “why are you still single?” discussions. Check them out!
The premise of the above “social experiment” video is to see how men would react to a visibly drunk woman in public. Spoiler: Four of five men attempt to take her to their homes. One helpfully attempts to get her to the bus stop she’s looking for.
The immediate reaction, for many people, has been to suggest that the video was staged, that the men are actors. Others have just said that it’s not necessarily staged, but it is obviously edited for content, which is true. The fact is that only a handful of the men who saw this woman actually approached her at all. Most of them went about their business. Marie Claire said, “We’re not comfortable with the way this particular ‘social experiment’ seems to suggest all men are predatory. They are not.” By focusing on the men who actually interacted with her, the video implies that roughly 80 percent of men react to drunk women in a predatory way. Say that maybe 50 or 60 men are actually present on camera in the course of the video — the vast majority just let her be. Keep reading »
Pardon me while I peace out of this joint and hop a flight to Georgia. Just in time for the holidays, an Atlanta-based business called “Frozen Pints,” which creates one-of-a-kind craft beer ice cream (complete with an alcohol content!), has whipped up their newest flavor: Pumpkin Ale Ice Cream. You know what this means, don’t you? If you’re lucky enough to live near Georgia, this year’s Thanksgiving dessert can make you tipsy and your family more tolerable to be around. Keep reading »
In preparation for my big move to Brooklyn at the end of the month, I have done a massssssive purge of everything in my apartment that I don’t want but is in too good a shape to trash, and am having a big ol’ apartment sale/giveaway extravaganza this weekend. I’m planning on serving some snacks and, most importantly, day-appropriate cocktails. I need to make something that easily serves a crowd, so I’ve decided to make a big ol’ pitcher of Screwdriver Sangria. Get the recipe after the jump! Keep reading »