Make mine a mock­tail: life with­out Foma

The Guardian - Weekend - - Classified Space -

Be­ware ‘eu­phoric re­call’ De­scrib­ing our ten­dency to re­mem­ber only the good times, eu­phoric re­call is likely to kick in when con­tem­plat­ing yet an­other sober Satur­day night. In­stead of fo­cus­ing on what you’re “deny­ing” your­self, shift your per­spec­tive to what so­bri­ety is cul­ti­vat­ing in your life.

Play it for­ward Ask your­self: how will drink­ing tonight make me feel in an hour? By the end of the night? To­mor­row? How will my mood and pro­duc­tiv­ity be af­fected in the days to come? Hon­est an­swers to these ques­tions will help you to ab­stain.

Embrace sober firsts The temp­ta­tion when faced with Foma is to can­cel your so­cial life un­til fur­ther no­tice and/or you’ve worked out how not to drink with­out feel­ing like a to­tal loser. Rather, RSVP “yes” to each in­vi­ta­tion that comes along (es­pe­cially to wed­dings, hen dos, big birth­days and week­end get­aways) and prove to your­self that you do not need al­co­hol to so­cialise. Each event will help to re­wire your think­ing about drink­ing.

Drink this in­stead When you feel like you’re drown­ing in soda and lime, try al­co­hol-free beer, tonic wa­ter with bit­ters, or a Seedlip mock­tail – all grownup op­tions that have a pleas­ing placebo ef­fect. Don’t judge It’s vir­tu­ally im­pos­si­ble. But how those drunken id­iots who used to be your friends choose to waste their week­ends, flush their youth down the toi­let, and poi­son their bod­ies with toxic chem­i­cals is none of your busi­ness. Keep how good you feel to your­self.

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