Holiday Drinking: Starts Classy, Ends Trashy

December 15, 2014 9:39 PM

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It's the most wonderful time of the year. Right? "Eat, drink and be merry" may be a popular theme for the holiday season, but not so much if you are a recovering alcoholic -- at least not the drink part. There seems to be a new invitation to a holiday cocktail party every time I sign onto Facebook or log in to my email. It's an established fact that people drink more this time of year. The opportunity is there and let's face it: the holidays are stressful and the invites make drinking look so damn sexy. There are pictures of martini glasses rimmed with red and green sugar crystals and women in fancy dresses sipping on a candy-cane cocktail with blurbs like "Drink Responsibly" tagged at the end of the commercials. Please join us for Very Merry Cocktails; Sips & Dips; Cocktails & Coworkers; Martinis & Merriment; Martinis & Mistletoe; Cookies & Cocktails! And the list goes on.

I used to love this time of year, when there was a cocktail party every night of the week that I could totally justify drinking at because it was the holidays. I could dress up in my favorite party dress, look like a lady and sip on a glass of expensive champagne. Well, that would last all of a coup...

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