Mocktalehour Podcast

11. Perfectionism + Anxiety, A Recipe for Alcoholism

June 8, 2020

Women have a special relationship with alcohol, one that’s based less on lubricating social situations and more on escaping loneliness, depression, perfectionism and anxiety. We may be SUPERwomen but we’re also SUPER susceptible to alcohol dependency, alcohol abuse and alcoholism. Wending a way to sobriety can be impossible because we find ourselves isolating and hiding behind a bottle of Chardonnay. We might understand that the expectations and standards we hold for ourselves are crazy and unreasonable, but we’ve internalized them to the point where we can’t see them in an objective way. No wonder we’re unhappy and hungover! Freedom and recovery begin with self-compassion, but the “self kind” is the very type that slips most easily through our grasping hands. Luckily, there are lots of resources to help us fake it till we make it.

In this episode, we talk about the white devil (sugar), cool Kool-Aid commercials, foot fetishists, Cynthia’s struggle with perfectionism, Sunny’s embrace of half-assness, names for armpits (oxter, axilla) and exploding Christmas turkeys.



Pink Meyer

2 jiggers of Seedlip “Spice 94”
Juice of 1 large meyer lemon (or 2 small ones)
1 Tablespoon sour cherry syrup (or more to taste)

Stir or shake together. Top with soda. You can serve this up or down. I always like it with ice!


Compilation of Kool-Aid “Oh Yeah” commercials

Beanpole, entertainment for when you think you’ve got it bad

Dinner For One, a German holiday tradition since 1963

Drink: The Intimate Relationship between Women and Alcohol