“First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.”

– F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Alcohol consumption is the 7th leading death risk factor across the globe[i], yet remains one of the most socially accepted health vices. If you’re anything like me, many of you have probably started drinking more than you used to during lockdown. The jokes and memes around drinking during COVID-19 are pretty damn funny, I must admit, despite the severity of the potential future health impacts. Things like:

“I’ve swapped margaritas for my morning coffee — that’s fine, right?”


“Your alcoholic lockdown name is your first name + your last…

Yesterday was my 34th birthday.

By all accounts, that’s an age where one should be settled (whatever that means) and confident in their life path (oh, is there a map and a road I wasn’t aware of?).

Last year, I wanted so much. What, I wasn’t sure. And looking back, that’s part of the problem. …

“What if?”

Those two little words, combined, are two of the most powerful words in the English language. Their whispers keep me up at night, and get me going in the morning. Hope and anxiety and second-guessing and possibility all tied up in 8 neat characters.

Whenever I’m on the cusp of a large life decision, I’m wracked with the wrath of the “what if?” …


Lindsay Kohler

Relentlessly restless. Culture curator. Bad at short bios. Plays a mean fiddle. London, UK