From the December 2010 magazine.

Crazy town

Was she a drunk, insane, or both?

MY first time sober was 1978, when I was 19 years old. I had been drinking for about four years, and any activity involved drinking before, during and/or after. I drank over feelings of sadness and happiness, anger and love, resentment and forgiveness, jealousy, family abuse and family love, less than or better than--any and all feelings. I drank while bowling, roller-skating or playing softball; at weddings, funerals, graduations, birthdays, holidays or family gatherings; when I was by myself or when I was with others.

Even though I'd never had a DWI, had never been in jail, hadn't been charged with possession of alcohol by a minor, and hadn't gotten caught shoplifting, it was only a matter of time when my luck would run out, and it did.


Moorhead, Minn.

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