An essay(with outline)on the novel by Caroline Knapp titled Drinking: A Love Story

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Thesis: Drinking: A Love Story by Caroline Knapp is a story of one woman's 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 façade

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 father's alcoholism

B. Playing with children

X. Rehab and after

Drinking: A Love Story

Drinking: A Love Story is the description of the author's 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...