Cover Photo: This photograph  shows the author's bedside table, which includes a candle, an open Schweppes soda, a small bottle of essential oil, and a stack of books on sobriety. We can also see an iPad with an e-book pulled up. The title is "Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget"
Photograph courtesy of the author

Staying Sober Through 2020

On January 6, 2021, I was 1,328 days sober. As domestic terrorists attempted a coup on the United States government, my heart broke for anyone on Day 6 of sobriety.

privileged enough to drink and try to forget. We hugged and we drank and drank and drank and I still don’t know how I got home.

Well, So Much for Dry January—The New York Times

Unsurprisingly, People Are Giving Up on This Year’s Dry January—Washingtonian

People Have Already Given Up on Dry January Because of the Pandemic and Attempted Coup at the US Capitol—Insider

people are taking in more alcohol since the pandemic beganA study from the RAND Corporation

Sharp, ‘Off The Charts’ Rise in Alcoholic Liver Disease Among Young Women

essay about the cozy relationship between women and alcohol



leave it all behind

Meg Ringler is a writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. She is working on a collection of essays about sharing her home and husband with Parkinson’s disease, the joy of sobriety and her love/murder relationship with plants. Find her on Twitter and Instagram at @Meg_Ringler.