Besides obvious choices, like beer or straight vodka, a large number of alcoholic drinks are a little bit tricky. What do we mean by this exactly? Let’s say, for a moment, that we set two glasses of what appeared to be iced tea in front of you, and we told you to choose one of the drinks. Would you be able to tell by looks alone that one of these didn’t have a drop of tea and was actually a blend of Pepsi and whiskey? That, in essence, is one of the tricky aspects of a variety of chameleon cocktails, drinks that look innocent but are actually toxic if you don’t pay attention. For today, let’s take a closer look at these drinks so you know how to be more careful at parties.


Sugar, spice, and everything nice: that’s what goes into an old-fashioned eggnog. Add a little bit of traditional rum or some Kahlua, and you get a holiday treat of a different color (at least you’ll be changing a different color). Whenever you go to a friend’s house during Christmas, you might want to ask if they’ve made alcohol-free eggnog, and, if not, opt for the cream soda in the fridge. Plus, an extra 400 calories wouldn’t be so merry.

Long Island Iced Tea

Chameleon Cocktails You Need to Be Cautious About

Here’s a drink that rings “deception.” Despite having “tea” in its title, a Long Island Iced tea doesn’t contain a drop. Instead, bartenders add Pepsi (or another caramel-colored soda) to an equal parts mixture of light rum, gin, vodka, and tequila. If you ever indulged in one of these prior to your addiction therapy, you will know that Long Islands are easy to down, making hangovers an easy accomplishment, if you can call them that.

Piña Colada

Rupert Holmes might have named a hit after this traditional mixture, but piña coladas are far from cheerful. Sure, they taste great, but a few of these will take you on a rocky ride from sunny beaches to the blinding pain of a hangover before you know it. We recommend you opt for the alcohol-free variety if you want to stay on the healthy boat this summer.  

Seeking Treatment for Alcohol Abuse or Alcoholism  

Alcohol withdrawal can easily be one of the most frightening aspects of healing. During the course of the recovery process, you will suffer from minor to severe symptoms that may include night sweats, hallucinations, fevers, anxiety, and sadness, but always remember that you can find the strength to overcome these problems. However, you must always seek medical attention when you have decided to cut ties with alcohol, as the withdrawal process can be notoriously dangerous. Never attempt to do this without the supervision of a trained specialist.

If you are suffering from a severe case of alcoholism or alcohol abuse, or have a friend or loved one who is coping with this illness, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process of alcohol withdrawal and detox and guide you along the rocky road of rehabilitation. Soon enough, you will experience a faster and much more efficient recovery.

If you want to find out more about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how you can overcome your mental illness and take an extra step toward becoming a healthier person.