How To Resist the Pressure to Drink at Parties

My boss swung a half-empty bottle of white wine in front of my face like she was trying to hypnotize me with it. “You don’t ever miss this?” she asked. The rest of the staff looked at me awkwardly. Some of them knew that I was sober, most of them were figuring it out now.

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Women and Their Relationship with Alcohol: A Reading List

Originally posted on Longreads:
My alcohol story seems like a non-story: I grew up in a home of teetotalers. We did not imbibe alcohol, nor did we discuss it. My mom’s parents are Southern Baptists, so her upbringing was the same. Alcohol made my dad sick, so he avoided it. I was a nerd in…

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The Inevitable Ugliness of Alcoholism

For The Establishment The mornings were not always the most severe—but they were the most desperate. I would be fine for a few minutes, as long as I lay perfectly still in my nest on the ground. The moment I went to move, however, the shaking began. It was only visible in my hands, a […]

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The Big Stigma of Being Depressed and Sober

As the year anniversary of Williams’ death approaches, we are no closer to having real conversations about mental health. I hope we can join together in support of each other and in defiance of the stigma around mental illness. Initially posted on The Bold Italic Robin Williams’s death has instigated numerous conversations around sobriety, but the […]

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Q&A: Sarah Hepola, Author of ‘Blackout’

I spoke with Sarah Hepola, author of the best-selling memoir, “Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget,” about blacking out, recovery, and how those of us with self-destructive tendencies can learn to stop tearing ourselves apart.

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