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Cheers! Here’s to Redefining Our Relationship To Alcohol (and Ourselves)

Cheers! Here’s to Redefining Our Relationship To Alcohol (and Ourselves), by Caitlin Padgett. Photograph of cocktail by Edward Howell
Photograph by Edward Howell

Redefining our relationship to alcohol needn’t be about abstinence, but rather about putting self-care practices in place before the holiday hangover

Are you contemplating drinking your way through the holidays? If you are, you certainly aren’t alone. At-home alcohol consumption skyrocketed during the pandemic, and shows no signs of slowing down soon.

If you’re feeling like this might be the solution to get through this time of year, I can relate. 

I used to drink my way through the holidays.

In addition to using alcohol to get out of my head and all of the work I thought I ‘should have’ been doing, I also used it as my coping mechanism for pent up stress, familial expectations and unresolved issues that seemed to flare up during the holiday season. 

The problem was, I often ended up feeling worse for the wear. Hungover, bloated, bad skin breakouts, and anxious from lack of sleep — were not the holiday gifts I was looking forward to,

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