Elaine Stritch: “You Can’t Enjoy Them Sober”

by Caren on February 12, 2014

ElaineStritchIn the February 2, 2014 issue of The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Elaine Stritch was interviewed by David Itzkoff in a piece called, “You Can’t Enjoy Them Sober.”

In the article, Itzkoff asks Stritch, the nearly 89-year-old actress and subject of a new documentary, “Elaine Stritch: Shoot me,” about her decision to drink again after over 20 years of sobriety.

Itzkoff: You were completely sober for more than 20 years, but you’ve since allowed yourself to drink again.

Stritch: I’m almost 89. I’m gonna have a drink a day or two. I know how to handle it, so there. I’m proud of the fact that I can handle a couple of drinks.

Itzkoff: That’s not at all dangerous?

Stritch: No. I’m not going to have three drinks, I’m not going to have four. I’m going to have two, and that’s it, folks. I just want to enjoy life and relax a little bit and go out with the rich ladies in Birmingham and enjoy them. And you can’t enjoy them sober.


The notion of stopping for all those years and then beginning to drink again is perplexing to me. I’d love to hear from  readers what your thoughts are on the subject and if you think it’s a feasible goal.

To read the complete New York Times interview, click here.

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