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Thesis Drinking A Love Story by Caroline Knapp is a story of one womans struggle with alcoholism She discusses the possible link between heredity and alcoholism how she is effected by alcohol and how her life becomes uncontrollable as a result I Introduction to drinking A Her family B How it makes her feel 1 Social reasons 2 Avoidance of self-awareness 3 Physical Symptoms II What is an alcoholic A Skid row bum B High functioning alcoholic III Is heredity a factor A Her father B Other families IV Discomfort drink no discomfort A Social situations V Public vs private drinking A No holds barred drinking B Maintaining the faade VI Denial A The rules B Young professional female C The double life 1 Alcoholic drama 2 Two men a Julian the big improvement b Michael VII The Pregnancy A Michael vs Julian VIII Hitting bottom A The death of her parents IX Realization A Her fathers alcoholism B Playing with children X Rehab and after Drinking A Love Story Drinking A Love Story is the description of the authors ordeal with alcoholism and her decision to quit drinking She reflects on the familial pattern of this disease and the maddening uncontrollable situations alcoholism puts her in Her book offers a thorough look into the alcoholic disease process After reading this book you may look at drinking and people who drink in a different light She began the book asking herself how she became an alcoholic Was it a result of upbringing She looked back on her early years Hometown Cambridge Massachusetts backyard of Harvard University Education Brown University class of 81 magna cum laude Parents esteemed psychoanalyst dad and artist mom both devoted and insightful and keenly intelligent Knapp 7-8 The author may not have been able to
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