Monday, May 10, 2010

Guest Post at Drinking Diaries

One of the side effects of the increased media attention surrounding mothers who drink is that women and drinking fell under a lot of scrutiny.    While I'm pleased that the problem of women, particularly mothers, who drink in secret is in the public discourse more and more, it is also true that the majority of women who drink are not alcoholics.

The Drinking Diaries is a website dedicated to discussing women and alcohol.   Caren and Leah, who founded the site, describe it this way:

Drinking Diaries is a forum for women to share, vent, express, and discuss their drinking stories without judgment. Whether you drink or not, are the child of an alcoholic or the mother of a future drinker, sip wine on occasion or binge drink for sport—we want to hear your story....We want to reach out to women, like us, for whom alcohol—for whatever reason—is also a loaded topic. And so, we started The Drinking Diaries.

I was thrilled to guest post there today.  They asked me to write a bit about what it is like to be a friend or family member who loves someone struggling with alcohol.    Stop on by and read The Alcoholic Next Door if you have a chance.   And please leave a comment if you have something to add - addiction touches everyone around an alcoholic or addict, and it can be hard to know what to do.

If you click on "photo source" at the bottom of the page, it will take you to an article I was quoted in that appeared in USA Today last summer, entitled The Secret Lives of Female Alcoholics.   

Thank you.

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