I was recently asked to participate with a panel of women–drinkers and non-drinkers–to discuss “Sober Socializing,” as the HuffPost Live show titled it, and whether our culture has become too reliant on alcoholic beverages. Participants also included Sacha Scoblic, author of Unwasted: My Lush Sobriety (read her interview on Drinking Diaries here), Kristina Wong, a writer and comedian, and Sharon Greenthal, editor-in-chief of Generation Fabulous.
It’s kind of strange being on a talk show in the comfort of your own home office. You stare into the camera with your earbuds on (they tell you to wear them for better sound quality), answer questions, and try to have a conversation as if you’re sitting around a table in the same room. But it’s a virtual table, and a virtual room–all at the hands of the little camera in your computer.
It was an interesting discussion and covered a variety of opinions about how our society promotes alcohol in social settings. How did it come to that? What does it feel like if you are a non drinker? Or in my case, if you’ve chosen to abstain for a period of time and then return to your regular habits?
I’m glad I was a part of the discussion. It only affirms how textured the topic is– how every woman (and man) has a drinking story, and their own personal relationship with alcohol. And how vital it is that we talk about it, without judgement, and listen to what others have to say.
To view the segment, click here.