Why I Quit Drinking

“My mother was a drunk” is one of the harshest, saddest sentences in any language. ~Anna Quindlen, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake That chapter in her book changed my life. She wrote that she never got along well with moderation. Me neither. Moderation and I have yet to become good friends. I’m all-or-nothing, which is my virtue and my vice. The signs have been coming steadily this year: the advice from people I admire to keep clear minded, and validation delivered in an interview I listened to with David Sedaris; he mentioned that he’s really good at quitting things (in context of his sobriety). Me too. I’m an excellent quitter and a miserable moderation-ist. My rock bottom came in the form of my four-foot tall, curly blonde haired, blue-eyed daughter, as I poured a glass of Sauvignon Blanc before sitting down at the dinner table: “Mommy, you drink a lot of wine lately.” I shrunk to the size of a raisin. I’d never felt more ashamed. Childhood memories don’t mature into adult perspective, they remain ominous and palpable: the feelings, the images and the smells. Although most people looking in would tell me, “Oh, kids just say things! You don’t have a drinking problem.” No, it was bigger than that. It was like an observation from G-d, passed through the lips of my innocent child. I immediately acknowledged her words: “Does it make you uncomfortable that I drink wine?” “Sort of.&rdqu...
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