From Charter Challenges to Cali Sober

Discussed this episode: 85% increase in Alcohol Use Disorder in women, 35% in men, in the last decade in America Charter challenge over six-month sobriety rule for alcoholics in Canada errata: we say ‘Supreme Court’ off the top; more likely this would end up with the Court of Appeal for Ontario. Law stuff! John Hopkins […]

Alcohol disorders are on the rise, and you’ll never guess who’s “winning”

This came up in a different context last week and I hadn’t seen it before: a study in Neurobiology of Stress from last February. What would you think if I told you that in America, alcohol-use disorder was up over a third in the last decade? That’s a pretty shocking headline, right? Like, one third […]

Wine Review: St. Regis Cab

Winemaker: St. Regis Wine: Dealcoholized Cabaret Sauvignon Available at: Canadian grocery stores, including Metro Look: dark/cherry red Nose: A bit vinegary off the top; small fruit with strong cherry notes. Notes: A bit ‘thin’ on the palate. Notes include cherry, concord grape, and cider vinegar; doesn’t linger on the palate, pleasant aftertaste. Matt’s impressions: If […]

South Africa has a whole soberfest!

Something pretty cool that crossed our paths today: an entire 40-vendor festival dedicated to alcohol alternatives, including local herbal syrups and some really groovy-looking drinks. It’s be great to see this kind of thing spreading; looking around, there’s a Mindful Drinking Festival coming up in London (U.K., not Ontario) next year. Get it together, North […]

Sober-Curious Criticism, Dealcoholized Wine, and More

Matt and Marisa talk about the sudden appearance of new “sober months” in the calendar, and some surprising backlash to sober-curiosity and Sober October that has come up from a… suspicious source? Are we being too cynical? Not cynical enough? Discussed this episode: 4 Reasons the ‘Sober Curious’ Movement Could Harm People Living With Addiction […]

Ruralism, raffles, fancy lunches and dumb socks

We start with a heartfelt a capella rendition of “Ben”. And a whole lot more: Urban stereotypes and rural realities Therapy, or friends? Booze culture and the office raffle Alternatives to social drinking: fancy lunches, axe-throwing and more Also, being stupid with money; “at least it’s not drinking” Dumb socks Here’s that dumb thing from […]

Episode 02 – Coming Out

Watch Matt come from a place of complete honesty, then pivot to turn into the Lord of Lies as he and Marisa talk about navigating coming out as a non-drinker to friends and family. Marisa’s a lot more consistent! Strategies and tactics, the three-speed perception of drinking, and lots more to cover in this episode […]