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Drinking: A Love Story, by Caroline Knapp

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I read this book with fascination. That’s what’s so great about the autobiography - you can step into the life of someone who’s entirely different from you, and step back out, unscathed.

Knapp was an outwardly successful woman. A journalist with a university education, and an upper-middle class background, she nevertheless became a “raging drunk”. What I loved most about this book is that it opened my eyes to the reality of alcoholism. It is not a disease that strikes only the poor, weak, or immoral. It’s a disease that can ruin the life of just about anyone, and for vastly different reasons.

I’m the kind of person who can stop drinking when I choose. Knapp couldn’t. She just couldn’t – until she had no other choice but to quit, and enter rehab. Drinking chronicles Knapp’s life, from the days when she first started drinking, through her university years and beyond, and finally through rehab and towards sobriety.

With insight and honesty, Knapp shares her observations about how childhood, family life, emotions, and self-perception can lead one to take refuge in alcohol.

After reading this book, I’m much more aware of the reasons why it’s nearly impossible for so many people to “just stop” drinking.

Visit your local library today! Whether you’re looking for autobiographies or any other genre, we’re happy to assist you and to make suggestions. We also have a wide variety of materials about alcohol and alcohol abuse. If you need more assistance, information desk staff can give you contact information for local AA chapters.


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