As many of you may know (since we’ve announced it on our blog a few times!) our book, Drinking Diaries: Women Serve Their Stories Straight Up, is out in the world—available online and in bookstores around the country. The women who wrote essays for us were brave enough to share their stories and so, it seems, are you.
Lately, we’ve been getting some fascinating posts on our Share Your Stories section of the blog. Every Wednesday, we interview writers about their drinking lives, but it was always our intention to hear from you, too–our readers, who are all over the map in terms of age, stage, profession and culture. Although we focus on women’s drinking stories, we’re very happy when men chime in with their stories as well, since we are all partners in this crazy life.
Our mission at Drinking Diaries has always been to be a safe space where people can share their “drinking” stories, without judgment or shame.
Jax: “I’ll never know when or why or how [my husband’s] drinking turned into alcoholism – he’s not around to ask. I still occasionally drink. I think it’s important to show my kids that an adult can drink responsibly. But the things my seven year old has seen, has felt, will have a lasting impact on his perception of alcohol. I’m not sure what’s in store for my kids, but I want to make sure they have an understanding of the power of alcohol and what it can do – but that it’s okay to try, responsibly, with friends.”
Gary: The intensity of Dad’s drinking and smoking (2.5 packs of Camels/day) made what took place in his 79th year truly astounding. Following a 3-month hospital stay after a near-death surgery, Dad emerged clean. He returned home to find his stockpile of 2 cases of beer in the refrigerator, but never opened one of them. Eventually, he packed them up and gave them to one of his buddies along with a couple cartons of Camels, minus one cigarette, which he kept on his workbench for the rest of his life. When I visited home, I’d sometimes catch a glimpse of him with it in his mouth, strutting a bit with the pride of a man who had the willpower to quit.”
Jodi: “I’ve given up drinking!!!…I don’t want to be the one on the floor, the one in the toilet retching or the one who ends up in a comprising situation with that guy from accounts. The truth is drinking hurts my stomach and has for many years…Now I have to rethink every social situation and living in London (England) and not drinking can and will be a challenge.”
Pippi: “In third grade I needed to let off some steam, usually towards the end of the week, so I would hit the booze. After school I would head to the bar, the fully stocked bar with spittoons, sink and fridge in my basement. The family crest hung large behind the bartender’s head. I would turn on the small saloon lamp with the drunk at the base lying on the park bench.”
What’s your Drinking story?
–For a few “sips” of the book, you can check out the September issue of MORE magazine, which features Joyce Maynard’s intense essay about how it felt to be arrested for possible DUI (as the daughter of an alcoholic father). Elissa Schappell’s essay was a Modern Love piece, featured on the front page of the Sunday NYTimes Style page.
–Drinking Diaries is featured on THE FIX, a great site about all kinds of addictions.
–Leah was interviewed for Gretchen Rubin’s addictive Happiness Project blog.
Here are a few things you can do to support our project:
–Share your story!
–“Like” us on the Drinking Diaries Amazon page (press the little yellow thumbs up button to the right of the book’s image)
–Give Drinking Diaries as a gift—support your local bookstore by going in and asking if they have the book—if not, they can probably order it.
Thanks so much for reading our blog and being part of the Drinking Diaries community.