Happy Three Day Weekend.

According to sky.com, too many people self medicate with alcohol to make themselves feel better.

A new study by the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) found that 88% of people would find it difficult to give up alcohol completely. At least 77% said it made them feel relaxed. Almost two thirds (63%) of more than 1,000 people questioned said alcohol made them feel happy, 51% felt less inhibited and 41% felt more confident while drinking. Almost half (44%) felt booze made them "able to fit in socially," 40% felt less anxious and 31% felt they could make friends more easily.

Dr. Andrew McCulloch, chief executive of the foundation, said: "The research confirms our worries that people are drinking to cope with emotions and situations they can't otherwise manage. Drinking alcohol is a very common and accepted way of coping - our culture allows us to use alcohol for 'medicinal purposes' or 'dutch courage' from an early age. But using alcohol to deal with anxiety and depression doesn't work."

American Woman recipe

1 1/2 oz Old Grand Dad Bourbon Whiskey
1/2 oz Creme de Noyaux
1/2 oz Cherry Liqueur
1 oz Southern Comfort Peach Liqueur

Shake everything with ice, strain into a cocktail glass.


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