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    Fifteen million Americans a year are plagued with alcoholism. Five million of them are women. Many of them, like Caroline Knapp, started in their early teens and began to use alcohol as "liquid armor", a way to protect themselves against the difficult realities of life. In this extraordinarily candid and revealing memoir, Knapp offers important insights not only about alcoholism, but about life itself and how we learn to cope with it.

    ©1996 Caroline Knapp (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    • Karen K
    • 26/07/2016

    The Big Picture of Alcohol Dependence

    I find memoirs of female alcoholics interesting, (For some reason the male alcoholic memoir seems to have been done to death). This however, is a really good one for getting a big picture of alcoholism over a long span. Knapp is billed as a high functioning alcoholic and we really see how at first things seem under control and then over time start to decay around her. I like how you can go from reading about alcohol in that infatuated way at first and then come to the end and see how really it is no fun at all. I feel like the author has missed something if their alcoholism memoir makes me feel like drinking. I also like that this isn't a book full of a long list of embarrassing episodes that make you cringe. There was more to her decision that she was an alcoholic than repeated embarrassing mistakes. Not to imply that she doesn't make many bad decisions, only that there is more to her than that. Often addiction memoirs fall flat when the author gets to the recovery period and begins making many general statements - in this case she talks a lot of women and the negative impact of sexuality and men. It annoyed me at first, but I had to realize that at that point she was generalizing from her discussions with other female alcoholics and not necessarily implying these things applied to the better adjusted non addicted members of society. I found it interesting also how at first she talks about a certain amount of denial because to her alcoholics have alcoholic family members and dysfunctional family situations and she's from an upper class family, but over time we discover with her that she is indeed part of a dysfunctional family with alcoholics after all. It made me sad to realize that she only lived a short time after writing this memoir. It was such a long road to gaining this control over her life and having finally done it she had so little time to enjoy it.

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    • Julia
    • 02/09/2017

    Bill W and Dr Bob would be so proud

    Even after twenty four years of sobriety I can still appreciate and need a book as important yet still as humble as this. I feel that within these pages is knowledge for someone who is on the brink of making the decision of getting clean and sober, someone who has just picked up a white of thirty day chip. Someone like me or perhaps someone who is living with or has someone in their lives who is struggling with an addiction or someone who thought that they had kicked the booze and/or drugs but fell hard off the wagon and needs a little advice to get back up again. In other words... this book is for everyone.

    Caroline Knapp bares her soul and relates stories of others, but discreetly remembering to keep the code of the AA rooms sharing all the things that we addicts do shamefully because of the dreadful disease that we carry. She explains with statistics that we are not weak willed but most of us are above average when it comes to intelligence quota. We have careers. We pay our taxes. We live up to our responsibilities plus we do all the regular things in life and carry the weight of an elephant on our shoulders. That elephant being addiction. Exhausting.

    An honest book, well written. A lovely performance by Gabra Zackman

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    • Jessica Yas Barker
    • 06/09/2016

    The very best

    I've been reading a lot of addiction memoirs recently and for me, an analytical woman who sometimes overthinks things, this one was the absolute best. Knapp is so graceful and insightful in her introspection. I found myself nodding constantly and saying aloud, "yes! Yes!" to so many things she says. Things I've always thought about myself but never been able to put into words. Thank you Ms. Knapp for this amazing, artful work.

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    • Katie Brewer
    • 15/03/2016

    Good for family of alcoholics to read too

    Well written and informative. Provided good insight in to the habits and realities of an alcoholic.

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    • james Hamm
    • 23/11/2014

    Amazing

    Would you consider the audio edition of Drinking to be better than the print version?

    I've read a few memoirs on alcoholism and this is truly the best I've encountered. Knapp's words ring so true, in such a poignant and eloquent way. I'd highly recommend this audio book not only for its touching content but also for its moving narration.

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    • Tomtom
    • 09/03/2019

    Very good book if I could give 6 stars I would

    If you drink and think your an alcoholic read this book. It sooo good and well written I thank the author for this book

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    • Everard (Desert Islander)
    • 04/05/2016

    A beautiful book

    A beautiful book, all the more so because it is narrated with such empathy. I found myself listening all day long and most of the night, with two or three hours of sleep in between. This is so much worth listening to 👌🏼.

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    • Lisa G
    • 11/04/2016

    For non-alcoholics too

    This is a great listen for non-alcoholics too, , giving insight into the throes of addiction to alcohol from the inside.

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    • P. Meier
    • 03/11/2015

    Fantastic book

    What an incredible story. I don't think I've ever read so honest a book. I feel I've peered right into the authors soul. I highly recommend this book if you have ever struggled with alcohol related issues

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    • ELISE
    • 17/05/2015

    A Must Listen to for Women in Recovery

    Excellent book! Found lots of similarities in our stories! It's a great read for women in recovery. Great narrator, will definitely listen to again.


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