Tue. Apr 23rd, 2019

HI, MY NAME IS HOLLY, AND I’M NOT AN ALCOHOLIC*. (*BECAUSE THERE IS NO SUCH THING.)

August, 2012. Months before “the change”.

In October 2012, I burst onto the bar scene sans alcohol, announcing to all that I was now a non-drinker. Not an alcoholic mind you. A non-drinker. I had read Allen Carr’s Easyway To Control Alcohol, and believed (still believe to a degree) that anyone who drinks is on the spectrum of addiction. I didn’t SAY that to anyone, but in those early days, not drinking was merely a smug refusal to be part of pedestrian drinking culture. This EasyWay method served me on its own merit for two months, but proved a hard approach to sobriety. Because it confused the hell out of everyone. Because I was pressured to drink still. Because I had no tribe. Because I didn’t do the work on what had caused me to drink in the first place.