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From Cocktails to Chaos

Drinking for her never did resemble the social hours she saw in her childhood home

Growing up in Ohio, in a family of frequent social drinkers, I was exposed to the practice of cocktail hours and the promise of evening camaraderie. We had a dining room breakfront filled with all sorts of crystal glassware for sherry, highballs, low balls, wine and cordials. I thought drinking was the rite of passage to being an adult even though it made me sick from the get-go.

Graduating from high school during the "Summer of Love" in 1967, I began leading a double life. I looked like Tricia Nixon and lived like Grace Slick!

In 1975, I eloped with the man of my dreams, but... Login to read more
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