Excerpt from “Drinking To Distraction,” a Memoir by Jenna Hollenstein

by Leah March 26, 2014

Six years ago, Jenna Hollenstein stopped drinking. Though she could never quite identify herself as an alcoholic, she realized that alcohol detracted from her life in subtle but important ways. It became a means of avoiding her life, a way to numb herself to uncertainty, something to take the sting out of loneliness, sadness, and […]

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

by Caren February 12, 2014

In 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 […]

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The Open Letter to Philip Seymour Hoffman I Wish I’d Sent

by Leah February 5, 2014

By Jenna Hollenstein This beautiful letter originally appeared on Jenna’s blog, Drinking to Distraction: I first saw you in the movie Happiness. Your raw-ugly-beautiful performance cut through to my heart in a way I had never experienced before. “This guy isn’t afraid of anything,” I thought. “He’s fearless.” And you did it again and again: […]

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When Doctors Can Hear, but Can’t Help

by Caren January 23, 2014

Last week, I read a troubling article that fell under the column title “Hard Cases” in the New York Times. Read on and you’ll understand why. The author, New York Times writer Abigail Zuger, M.D., wrote about a patient’s wife who called her to express concern about her husband drinking. Dr. Zuger was surprised to […]

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Interview with Olivia Laing, Author of “The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking”

by Leah January 1, 2014

From time to time, we post short interviews with interesting people about their thoughts and feelings on women and drinking. There is such a wide array of perspectives about this topic, and we are excited to gain insight into as many as possible and to share them with you.  Olivia Laing  is a writer and […]

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