Drinking - Caroline Knapp


By Caroline Knapp

  • Release Date: 1996-05-02
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 367 Ratings


Fifteen million Americans a year are plagued with alcoholism. Five million of them are women. Many of them, like Caroline Knapp, started in their early teens and began to use alcohol as "liquid armor," a way to protect themselves against the difficult realities of life. In this extraordinarily candid and revealing memoir, Knapp offers important insights not only about alcoholism, but about life itself and how we learn to cope with it.

It was love at first sight. The beads of moisture on a chilled bottle. The way the glasses clinked and the conversation flowed. Then it became obsession. The way she hid her bottles behind her lover's refrigerator. The way she slipped from the dinner table to the bathroom, from work to the bar. And then, like so many love stories, it fell apart. Drinking is Caroline Kapp's harrowing chronicle of her twenty-year love affair with alcohol.

Caroline had her first drink at fourteen. She drank through her yeras at an Ivy League college, and through an award-winning career as an editor and columnist. Publicly she was a dutiful daughter, a sophisticated professional. Privately she was drinking herself into oblivion. This startlingly honest memoir lays bare the secrecy, family myths, and destructive relationships that go hand in hand with drinking. And it is, above all, a love story for our times—full of passion and heartbreak, betrayal and desire—a triumph over the pain and deception that mark an alcoholic life. 

Praise for Drinking

“Quietly moving . . . Caroline Knapp dazzles us with her heady description of alcohol's allure and its devastating hold.”Los Angeles Times Book Review

“Filled with hard-won wisdom . . . [a] perceptive and revealing book.”San Francisco Chronicle

“Eloquent . . . a remarkable exercise in self-discovery.”The New York Times

Drinking not only describes triumph; it is one.”Newsweek


  • Drink

    By Nikkiscizz
    I couldn’t stop reading this book! Helped open my eyes, would recommend to anyone looking to deepen their relationship with themselves, and have some self realizations. I’m saddened to hear that she has passed on.
  • Excellent!

    By Meetze68
    Very good read! Hits close to home!
  • Groan

    By MethodicDoubt
    Excuses and cliches.
  • Drinking, a love story

    By Myshkin1
    Absolutely spot on.. This is not just the story of Ms. Knapp. This is my story and the story of every alcoholic..God bless you Caroline..
  • Life changing

    By Heart wrenching
    Beautifully written,so unbelievably detailed as if she knew my own heart..thank you..you have made a positive difference in my life...Pat