From the August 2017 magazine.

Delivering the truth

It was family pizza night and the food had arrived. So had her moment of clarity

When my drinking began to spiral out of control, no one else noticed. I tended to drink myself into oblivion after I went out with friends. Alternatively, I surrounded myself by groups of partiers so I wasn’t the “most drunk.”

I remember sitting alone on the sofa one evening, not even feeling buzzed after I had downed a bottle and a half of wine. I still get a shame knot in my stomach when I think of those last few months of drinking. I remember shivering, sick in my bed with the flu for two weeks but still dying for a drink. I couldn’t make myself ask someone to get me a drink when I hadn’t even been able to eat.

-- Jennifer O.

Oak Park, Illinois, USA

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