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Päntsdrunk: Why you should strip down to your undies and drink by yourself

Päntsdrunk may be the happiest word you’ll come across all week.

It’s a Finnish term that, in a nutshell, means to get a bit tipsy in the comfort of your undies.

“The original term for [päntsdrunk] is ‘kalsarikännit’, a tongue-in-cheek expression of a Finnish feeling, basically meaning ‘that feeling when you are going to get drunk at home, alone, in your underwear — with no intention of going out’,” Heikki Väänänen, CEO and founder of the Finnish startup HappyOrNot, told NBC.

“However, nowadays many Finns throw the term around between close friends to hang out casually at home, and enjoy each other’s company in a quiet setting, with a few drinks, and, of course, sauna.”

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And rather than being some sad state of being – wherein the person indulging in a bit of päntsdrunk is too depressed to bother putting on pants before pounding Jack straight from the bottle – päntsdrunk is actually a term that is associated with better mental health.

“If you’re drinking alone because you’re depressed or want to forget, that’s not päntsdrunk,” Briana Volk, a half-Finnish resident of Oregon, USA, told NBC.

“Päntsdrunk is more like having a glass of wine or beer and reading a book [in the near-nude] after you’ve just had a long week where you kicked ass. Now you want to celebrate with something delicious, which is why you also wouldn’t go for the cheapest alcohol available, but something good and in moderation.”

Between having a classy drink, in the most relaxed and comfortable setting and clothes you can imagine, because you’re celebrating how awesome you are, it’s no great surprise that päntsdrunk is starting to move further afield than just Finland (the surprise here, really, is that it isn’t already a global movement).

Miska Rantanen is helping to get päntsdrunk into the lexicon the world over, with his book Päntsdrunk: Kalsarikanni: The Finnish Path to Relaxation having been published this month.

According to Rantanen, some of the other aspects of päntsdrunk include “bingeing on Netflix, scrolling mindlessly on your phone, sweet and salty snacks, sofa time, and blocking all work communications.”

“It will lead you to a healthier, more energising and relaxing life – wherever, whenever,” his book blurb reads.

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Joe likes to write about himself in the third person, even if he thinks it’s horribly pretentious when others do it.