One of the very worst things associated with alcoholism is lack of self-esteem. While this seems to be more prevalent for women, it affects people of both sexes. So often we hear people say that they always felt that they were less than. It is that feeling of not being good enough that led Caroline
In this chapter of Caroline Knapp’s book she tackles the topic of denial…one with which we are all too familiar. How many times have we heard in a meeting that denial is not a river in Egypt? What we have also heard in the rooms is that denial stands for “don’t even notice I am
Even if you don’t recognize the name William (Bill) G. Borchert immediately, it is quite likely, if you’re in recovery from alcoholism, you will have watched one of his movies, and/or read one of his books, perhaps more than once. Bill is a multi-published author, national speaker and Emmy Award nominated screenwriter for the highly
Today’s chapter is a public service announcement of sorts. Caroline starts by sharing the twenty six question quiz she remembers reading to see if she had a problem with alcohol. The pamphlet said if she answered “yes” to even one question, she might have a problem with alcohol. She answered yes to nineteen. Oy vey!
In this chapter, Caroline Knapp examines the phenomenon which occurs when we begin drinking alone along with the attendant activities. She talks about drinking alone before getting together with others because she didn’t want them to know how much she really drank. She expresses her thoughts about coming home from work and drinking all night
My reading of Caroline Knapp’s chapter on sex was split in two parts. There is a lot to cover when it comes to the fusion of alcohol and sex. In the second half of the chapter, Caroline focuses on three relationships that involve alcohol and sex: one between her and her live-in boyfriend; one between
In this week’s chapter of Drinking: A Love Story, Catherine Knapp tackles the subject that everyone deals with and few want to discuss – the connection between alcohol and sex. Specifically, she discusses how drinking allows people the ability to let down their shields, to be more approaching and approachable. She talks about anonymous sexual
Chapter 5 of Caroline Knapp’s book is called “In Vodka Veritas”. It could be subtitled “The Truth About Drinking.” Caroline gives us a great deal of insight into her drinking career, especially some of her reasons for drinking. The prime rationale will ring true with many of us. She just wanted to fit in. She
Chapter 4 of Caroline Knapp’s book is entitled “Hunger.” In this chapter she talks about the development of her hunger for alcohol, from its earliest drizzles to its raging torrents. She describes her obsession over getting her fair share of whatever alcohol was offered, how the whole idea of turning down a drink was preposterous
I almost didn’t have a story to write this week. I was reading Caroline’s book and finished Chapter 3. The majority of the second half of the chapter was about her family and their relationships. They were upper-middle class. Both parents were highly educated and came from wealthy families. Her father was a functional alcoholic.