Mocktalehour Podcast

10. It’s a Cop Out to Cope by Drinking

May 29, 2020


“Give strong drink unto him that is about to perish,
And wine unto those that be of heavy heart,
Let him drink and forget his poverty, and remember
His misery no more.”
~ Proverb

Some proverbs contain wisdom. Many — like the one above — are just a bunch of malarkey. Proverbs about drinking hearken back to a time when alcohol was the cure for whatever ailed ya simply because there weren’t many other resources available. No 12-step programs, or rehab, or meditation, or support of any sort. Just lost your wife? Have a Scotch! About to lose your leg? Take a swig of whiskey and bite on this! Feeling down? One or six Cosmos might help with that! AA wasn’t founded until 1939 and it’s only now — 80 years later — that sobriety is finally “trending.” Whatever you call it — alcohol abuse, drunkenness or problem drinking — it’s long been excused in the name of providing succor when faced with trying times or challenging emotions. There are so many other ways to cope, but we don’t often see those approaches depicted in pop culture or talked about freely.

In this episode we talk about the urban myth of pet decapitation-by-lawn-mower, dying ducklings, Sunny’s friendly-yet-bitchy yard sales, “normal people” having too much sex, unsafe choices informed by alcohol, and coyote dates.



1 cup boiling water
2 ginger tea bags
2T honey

Pour the boiling water over the tea bags and let it come to room temp. Pour the tea in a cocktail shaker. Add honey and ice. Shake it up. Strain into 2 chilled martini glasses. Add a splash of ginger ale. Garnish with a crystallized ginger chunks or a lemon slice. Serves 2


Kids in The Hall “I Crush Your Head”

Normal People TV series

Book series Where’s Waldo?

Feeling Single, Seeing Double performed by Emmylou Harris

Coyote by Joni Mitchell

Coyote date