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Drinking: A Love Story Paperback – May 12, 1997
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“Quietly moving . . . Caroline Knapp dazzles us with her heady description of alcohol's allure and its devastating hold.”—Los Angeles Times Book Review
“Filled with hard-won wisdom . . . [a] perceptive and revealing book.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“Eloquent . . . a remarkable exercise in self-discovery.”—The New York Times
“Drinking not only describes triumph; it is one.”—Newsweek
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Fifteen million Americans a year are plagued with alcoholism. Five million of them are women. Many of them, like Caroline Knapp, started in their early teens and began to use alcohol as "liquid armor," a way to protect themselves against the difficult realities of life. In this extraordinarily candid and revealing memoir, Knapp offers important insights not only about alcoholism, but about life itself and how we learn to cope with it. Copyright 1996 by Caroline Knapp
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Many of us alkies have wondered if we drank because we had problems or we had problems because we drank. While I believe it's a little of both, Knapp makes a good case for the use of alcohol being the bedrock and origin of the secrecy and dishonesty which becomes completely interwoven with the negative end results alkies put themselves and others through.
I thought the material covering her parents was a little overdone and long, but there is a lot to be gleaned from their difficulties, which so severely affected the author. I've read the book twice and gleaned different things from it the second time around. Very worthwhile.
Her writing felt like a close friend sharing her darkest moments and ugliest secret thoughts. I was particularly interested in the detox portion of her recovery, but she immediately shifts to AA meetings, new relationships with friends/family, new boundaries developed, et cetera.