Top positive review
An Insightful Read
30 January 2019
I found Rebecca’s story very moving and an eye-opener. Coming from an older generation of women I really wasn’t aware how pervasive binge drinking is now with women (at least in Australia). When I was younger in the 70’s and 80’s it was only the really disturbed and troubled woman who got ‘off her face’ in public with alcohol. Aussie blokes binged loudly and regularly of course but there was a sort of social censorship about women doing the same, which probably acted to keep us more moderate drinkers (at least in public but perhaps not behind closed doors). But things have certainly changed in that regard.
This is really a heroic tale of escape from alcohol abuse because heavy binge drinking was associated with nearly every aspect of the author’s otherwise productive, successful, adventurous and engaging life since she was 16. It had become a type of glue to her identity but as she also says, a traumatic ‘holding pattern’ on the things that would really make her happy going forward.
I like the way Rebecca weaves both the extraordinary challenges she faced in her liberation from alcohol with the really positive and practical insights into what worked for her in this ongoing journey.