One More Thing Those Geniuses In Finland Figured Out: Let's Get 'Pantsdrunk!'

Why can't I just stay home and get drunk alone in my underpants?

October 9, 2018

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Sometimes the effort required to go out just isn't worth it. 

Showering, doing the hair, getting dressed, ordering the Uber, waiting for the Uber, rubbing up against strangers in a loud, packed bar, shout-talking to people you'd rather not even be hanging with, aaaaand ordering another Uber to get you the hell outta there.

Worst.

Why can't I just stay home and get drunk alone in my underpants?

Uh, you can! And in Finland, it's the preferred method of alcohol intake. It's a popular ritual called "Pantsdrunk," or, kalsarikänni, which literally means “drinking at home, alone, in your underwear." It’s about letting go and being yourself, no affectation and no performance.  Plus, it's dark and freezing there 9 1/2 months out of the year, and who wants to go out in that?

There are no real Pantsdrunk rules. You can go it alone, of course, but they recommend doing it with a good friend, roommate, or perhaps a relative.  Eh, I dunno. Sitting around in my underthings getting lit with my sister sounds totally gross. And the more I think about it, I can see a roommate questioning your motives, too.

Maybe I'm just too uptight.

Toss me a PBR.