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Alcohol & Menopause: What to Do When the Party’s Over

When you’re in your 20s, a hangover almost feels like a rite of passage. After a night of one too many shots, you might wake up with an eyelash extension stuck to your boob and a killer headache – but after a few glasses of water, your crazy night out could easily become a funny story to share with your girlfriends over even more drinks.

Hangovers in your 40s and beyond…can feel like a different beast entirely. And although drinking a glass of wine, or two, or three every day has become normalized (hello, mommy wine culture), alcohol dependency can have serious health consequences on our sleep, mental health, and even our libido.

In honor of Dry January, we’re bringing back our interview with sobriety advocate Holly Whitaker, whose badass book, Quit Like a Woman, made a recent appearance in Miranda’s struggle with alcoholism in the Sex and the City reboot:

ELEKTRA: What do you encourage people to ask themselves as they investigate their core beliefs around alcohol?

HOLLY: One question is: “What have I settled for?” When we actually start peeling back the layers from it, we’re just trying to keep something in our lives because we’ve been sold this image that this is how we connect, this is what equals intimacy, this is what equals a good time. We silently go through it, without asking whether or not we are getting the experience that we want…


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