There's Suddenly A Name For Our Favourite Hobby
Wine, Undies. Netflix. Stat.
If your idea of a good time is being home alone, watching Netflix and drinking in your underwear (and why wouldn't it be?) then hold on to your pants -- or rather let go of them -- because there's a new Nordic trend allowing people everywhere to strip down and drink up.
Aptly named "päntsdrunk", the Scandinavian term refers to that feeling you get when you're about to get drunk with no intention of going out, and it comes from the Finnish word "kalsarikänni", which literally means drinking at home, alone in your underwear.
Unlike other more earnest Scandi trends that we've heard about in recent times, such as hygge, lagom and plogging, päntsdrunk is neither smug nor unattainable. Though its core values are the same: to make life better.
In his new book, Päntsdrunk (Kalsarikänni): The Finnish Way To Relaxation, Finnish journalist Miska Rantanen discussed how the trend came about out of necessity. He explained how Finnish folk started drinking in their underwear as a way of coping with the country’s long, dark winters.
"At its essence, päntsdrunk is an attitude towards life that liberates its practitioners from the day-to-day pressures and an overly compulsive reliance on social pretense," he wrote.
And fans in their hundreds have been taking to social media to share his enthusiasm for the world's best new hobby, "The new Swedish lifestyle choice #pantsdrunk, live it, feel it, get drunk in your pants," wrote one.
"Gotta move to Finland. They have a name AND an emoji for my favourite pastime activity #Kalsarikänni," another said.
"Google the Finnish term 'kalsarikänni'. You won't regret it," a third wrote.
And if you thought this couldn't get any better ... oh it can. Just listen to the book's publisher.
“The Päntsdrunk method also includes 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.”
Sign us up as masters and let us teach the world!
Oh, and drink responsibly, kids.
Feature image: finland.fi