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Meet the secret non-drinker

Why don’t we make it easier for anyone to have a glass of water without interrogation?

By Cathy Rentzenbrink   October 2018

"No, I'm not pregnant, I'm just not drinking." Illustration: Kate Hazell

“Who do you have to screw to get a glass of water around here?”

I’ve never actually said this in the 16 months since I stopped drinking alcohol but I think it all the time. I expected to have to battle with myself over the booze—it’s ongoing and I’m winning—but the big surprise is how hard it is to navigate the outside world. I keep reading that sobriety is a trend but in my real world I feel…

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