MY NAME IS ROGER…& I’M AN ALCOHOLIC
I actually found this courtesy of LISA SCHWARZBAUM at EW.
This month marks the 30th anniversary of ROGER EBERT’S sobriety. I didn’t even know that he drank.
I don’t read ROGER as often as I used to. But I should. He’s certainly one of the finest and best known movie critics around. He did win a PULITZER, after all.
He’s also responsible for moving film criticism into the forefront of our culture with his highly successful television show.
In this exquisitely moving and illuminating post, he discusses – with great frankness – his situation at the time and what actually caused him to stop drinking.
Everyone has their own personal moment of clarity.
I’ve always been a passionate, driven, extreme personality. Very black and white and hardly anything in between. If I love something, I want to immerse myself in that experience and do it over and over and over again.
I never smoked or did any drugs. Never even tried the soft ones.
Men were far more problematic. I liked them. A LOT. But I’ve never found just anyone attractive. So it was certainly not a hardship to say no to anybody I didn’t want.
With the men that I did want (from the age of 16 on), I could really go to town.
Drinking was similar. I never drank socially until I was in my early twenties. I discovered that there were different varieties of alcohol that I didn’t care for. I didn’t like wine. Sweet champagne and various kinds of cocktails are definitely my forte.
I never overindulged. I have gone close to a year without drinking. On the other hand, I could effortlessly knock back a few at a lounge or at a fancy dinner. But you definitively know when the next one coming up will send you over the edge. I always stopped then and there.
So no getting drunk and no hangovers. During the majority of evenings that I choose to drink I am completely content with one or two. My drinking has been one of the few areas in my life where I’m actually moderate.
So it’s fortunate that it all shook out that way…
ROGER EBERT is a national treasure. I’m very thankful that he’s still with us…and still writing.
You can read what he has to say here