Grapevine Online Exclusive

Published August 2014.

All By Myself

She learned in AA that drinking in the shower wasn’t social drinking

The first time I ever got drunk was in the third grade. I was drinking wine with some older people and laughing and having a good time. I was a shy child and I liked the way the wine made me feel.

I grew up in a good home with both parents in a suburb of Chicago. I was the sixth child out of seven—we were all about two years apart. All of us attended Catholic schools and were taught by nuns. I learned that it was a sin to even think something bad and that God would punish me.

-- Judy

Chicago, Illinois

This is a preview. To view the full article, use the link below to begin a free 7-day trial!

Related Items:

My Brother’s Keeper
He came to realize that he was powerless over both his own alcoholism and that of his brother

One Beautiful Spring Evening
A long drinking career came to an end one night in her driveway

Living in Abundance
As a sober woman she was able to forgive all the people she resented. And herself

The Answer Wasn’t Alcohol
When she came to accept that maybe she was an alcoholic after all, the answers were easier to find

Subscribe