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A perfect mix of talk show, classroom lecture, and bar chatter with put-into-practice-right-away answers.
At a local Milwaukee-area venue.
What is Shrink ‘n’ Drink℠?
It is a mixture of talk show, classroom lecture, and bar chatter. Dr. Julie Helmrich serves up humor with her answers to questions submitted anonymously by anyone present.
What kinds of questions do people ask?
Any kind! Most are about relationships with spouses, children, co-workers, bosses, neighbors, siblings. We have noticed 6 broad categories over the years:
Children and parenting
Personal development (goals, growth,
changing habits) and personal issues
(anxiety, depression, addiction)
Curiosity questions (why do people _____?)
And random, off-the-wall stuff
It is really serious?
There's a lot of laughter. There is serious science behind Dr. Helmrich’s answers, but she delivers the answers and advice in a way that is fun, informative, and engaging. That is intentional. Shrink ‘n’ Drink is meant to be useful to participants, to be sure, but it is also very much meant to support a fun night out for couples and for friends.
Do I HAVE to ask a question?
Not at all. Plenty of people come without any particular question. Sometimes they ask one that occurs to them while they are there. Plenty of people ask multiple questions. We are more likely to run out of time than out of questions!
How long have you been doing Shrink ‘n’ Drink℠?
We started April 2008.
Are you planning to keep doing it?
Yes. Starting in year two, when we realized it wasn’t a passing fad, we started keeping close track of the numbers. Over 4,500 questions have been asked, by almost 3,000 Shrink ‘n’ Drinkers. So we’ll keep going as long as people keep coming.
What is the cost? Do I need a ticket?
It is free, but you are expected to order menu items at the venue that hosts Shrink ‘n’ Drink℠. Also, we do ask that you call the venue for reservations so they know how many Shrink ‘n’ Drinkers to prepare for.
How do I keep informed about upcoming Shrink ‘n’ Drink events?
Click the button below, enter your email and we’ll send you information. Don't worry...we’re not going to flood your inbox with stuff. You’ll get one email for each Shrink ‘n’ Drink℠ event. There aren’t that many so you won’t be hearing from us that often! Come join the fun!
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