Moderate wine drinking has proven
medical benefits according to several studies. But going
beyond limits can have dangerous consequences and one can
succumb to alcoholism as a wine writer Alice King, author
of High Sobriety: Confessions of a Drinker admits in this
article written by her in the Daily Mail.
my passionate dialogues at the wine tasting sessions, I
often tell people the medical benefits of regular drinking
a couple of glasses of wine. Occasionally, all of us slip
up happily but to make a routine of excessive drinking could
be unhealthy. 'After all, how many people stop at two glasses?'
I am asked rhetorically. The consequences can be dangerous.
Nothing could make it more obvious than the book authored
by an English wine writer- turned alcoholic Alice King who
has luckily survived the addiction to write a book on the
As a professional and successful wine
writer, Alice King had a dream job. The daughter of a wine
salesman and blessed with a superb palate, Alice had always
been surrounded by alcohol. But the more she got into her
job, the more she found herself drinking.
A hugely successful wine expert, author
and columnist, with a beautiful country home and three healthy
sons, Alice King, 46, seemed to have it all - until her
drinking took her to depths she could never have imagined.
In her new book High Sobriety, she gives a brutally honest
and moving account of her descent into alcoholism, and eventual
'As I grew up, it became clear I had a
talent for tasting wine. After taking a course in journalism,
I got a job as an editorial assistant on Decanter. I quickly
rose through the ranks and by the age of 22 had become deputy
editor. My inexperience didn't faze me. I was determined
to taste as many wines as possible, and simply couldn't
pull the corks fast enough.'
When she got married to a man in the wine
trade she 'packed two cases of champagne with my trousseau.'
'Settling into married life, not a day
passed without us sharing a bottle or two over supper. It
was perfectly normal to talk, write, taste and drink wine
all day at work, then come home and carry on,' she writes.
She worked hard and began to travel extensively
and started enjoying the life of a cosseted journalist,
treated to the best of everything - first-class tickets,
the best wines, restaurants and hotels.
She got so addicted to drinking that, after
going to one particularly drunken party without her husband
Niall, 'I woke to find myself naked in bed in a stranger's
spare bedroom. Shocked, it took me quite some time to work
out where I was and how I'd got there.'
Her downfall continued till she was divorced,
sold the house, lost the custody of the kids, had several
affairs and sought the help of AAA and was able to stop
drinking wine and other liquors totally.
The book can scare you with the truths
and makes you feel sorry for her. But it can also be a warning
to wine (and other liquor0 drinkers to watch out for the
pitfalls. It has not yet been released but can be reserved
with amazon.co.uk for £9.34. Her account can be read
on the Daily