Monday, 20 December 2010

How to Fix a Drink for an Alcoholic this Christmas:

Christmas is peak drinking season. Using these key ingredients, you can make a great drink for the recovering alcoholic in your life:



Some hunks of lime, fresh ice cubes, a big fat sturdy glass, and some mint from the garden. Most importantly, you need a good quality sparkling mineral water. (Not the cheap stuff .... the bubbles are too big and nasty.)

I like to put lime in first, then cubes, then mineral water, mint, ending with some more lime. And I like to slug said drink back with gay abandon. It can feel odd, being the only one not drinking alcohol at big functions and parties - occasionally I even drink out of a fancy glass. Sometimes I chew on the mint, for a bit of a breath-pick-me-up.



So simple, so YUMMY.

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TIP: If you find yourself standing next to a recovering alcoholic this Christmas ... and you are drinking champagne, do *not* make a big deal out of this. Do not turn your head sideways and raise your eyebrows, mouthing the word "sorry!" Why are you sorry? Why do you pity?

Chances are, the more you pity a recovering alcoholic ... the more she pities you. She's too busy living her dreams to be sad about not drinking.

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And for the love of Pete, try not to fix a drink for the practicing alcoholic in your life. This is what I have been know to look like, after a few days festivities from years past:

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Can you believe I STILL managed to pick up?

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On a serious note, if you or somebody you know needs help to quit drinking, there's a lot of help.

Here
Here
or
Here


You can do it. Anything is possible. (I met Bono, for goodness sake. Imagine what's going to happen NEXT year.)

Stay safe.
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