Drunkard: A Hard-Drinking Life

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Drunkard A Hard Drinking Life An extraordinarily honest memoir about the life of a functioning alcoholic and the realities of recovery from a veteran columnist for the Chicago Sun Times Neil Steinberg loves his wife He loves his t

  • Title: Drunkard: A Hard-Drinking Life
  • Author: Neil Steinberg
  • ISBN: 9780525950653
  • Page: 436
  • Format: Hardcover
  • An extraordinarily honest memoir about the life of a functioning alcoholic and the realities of recovery from a veteran columnist for the Chicago Sun Times Neil Steinberg loves his wife He loves his two young sons He loves his job and his ramshackle old farmhouse in the suburbs But he also loves to drink, a passion that rolls merrily along for twenty five years until onAn extraordinarily honest memoir about the life of a functioning alcoholic and the realities of recovery from a veteran columnist for the Chicago Sun Times Neil Steinberg loves his wife He loves his two young sons He loves his job and his ramshackle old farmhouse in the suburbs But he also loves to drink, a passion that rolls merrily along for twenty five years until one terrible night when his two worlds collide and shatter.Drunkard is the story of one man s fall down the rabbit hole of alcoholism, and his slow crawl back out Sentenced to an outpatient rehab program, Steinberg discovers that twenty eight days of therapy cannot reverse the toll decades of vigorous drinking take on one s soul In clear, distinctive, honest, and funny prose, Steinberg comes to grips with his actions, rebuilds his marriage, and reclaims his life Unlike outlandish tales of addiction s extremes, Steinberg s story is a regular person s account of the stark yet common realities of a problem faced by millions around the world Drunkard is an important addition to the pantheon of critically acclaimed, bestselling memoirs such as The Tender Bar, Drinking A Love Story, and Smashed.

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    1. Jen on said:

      I finished this book in one day. While I'm not an alcoholic, or even a drunk (I drink once or twice a month, at best), I could relate to his feelings of addiction because everyone has an addiction of some kind - mine, in this case, is reading. I have had those days where I don't want to work, don't want to go out, don't want to do anything but lie in bed or sit on the couch and read. I'd take my books to work and read on the sly whenever I had a free five minutes. I'd read on the train or bus an [...]

    2. Caroline on said:

      Neil Steinberg is one of the few reasons why I still read the Sun Times. I remember reading about when he went to jail for smacking his wife and felt a drop in my stomach - like when you realize that the Santa at the mall is the same fat guy sucking on a smoke and retching in an alley way. It is a shock to put the two together. This book makes the divide even more. I wanted to like Neil Steinberg more after reading the book and I hoped that I could get more of the "real" him. Instead he came off [...]

    3. Converse on said:

      I had read a couple of Neil Steinberg’s books (Complete and Utter Failure and Hatless Jack) before, and thought that his thoughts about alcoholism from the viewpoint of an alcoholic would be interesting. I enjoyed the book, but not the Neil Steinberg revealed within. I couldn’t say whether this disenchantment was due to his personality or a temporary phase due to getting over his addiction. Steinberg, a newspaper columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times was arrested in early October 2005 on a mis [...]

    4. Lynn on said:

      I have read quite a few drunkologues but none quite like this one. I can't exactly put my finger on the difference. Maybe it's because he not only pulls no punches but because he also makes no excuses, does no whining, and horrifies us as he entertains us. Maybe it's because he doesn't come from a bizarre, angst-ridden or addiction-wracked family like so many others who have told their stories. He had/has the kind of family and life many people only dream about - children, home, loving wife, sup [...]

    5. Brian Kelly on said:

      Most of the sober blogs and books I've discovered are written by women. Some are especially well-written like Drinking: A Love Story, but I wanted to hear that same level of introspection and depth from a man's perspective. This was harder to find than I expected. Then I came across Neil Steinberg's memoir.Neil tells an especially tough story about his struggles with alcohol. It's not pretty. It's hard to know for certain how honest it is, but given the amount of negative actions and words that [...]

    6. TC on said:

      Unlike probably most people who read this, I'm not familiar with Steinberg's column or his style. I came just to read a book about one person's struggle with addiction, and that's what this is: a story about a guy who has to face that his drinking went from something that was part of his life, to something he lived for. I feel it captured well what it must be like to wrestle with an addiction, particularly the constant rationalizing. For example, he doesn't want to let go because he paints beaut [...]

    7. Emily on said:

      I found this book extremely helpful to read as someone who has removed alcohol from my life for health and safety reasons but also as someone who still has a persistent desire to drink. Maybe you would never in a million years look at yourself and say, "I think I'm an alcoholic" but anyone who's ever wondered if they drink too much or may have had a few too many on a couple of occasions but has never wanted to consider that they have a problem, this book is a must read, if not as a cautionary ta [...]

    8. Paige on said:

      the reviews on the cover are correct it's for anyone who's faced an uphill battle and won- or even lost of the best quotes: "If your life is going to be wedded to a slur, it might as well be a colorful one." (re: use of the term 'drunkard')The cover has lime green lettering with a large ice cube and it screamed "You need to read me!" from the shelf of a Barnes & Noble and I purchased it on a Friday night. I was done by 3:30pm on Saturday. It is not a thin book. It is the memoir of one man's [...]

    9. Mia on said:

      "Frankly, I prefer 'drunkard.' 'Alcoholic' is so clinical. 'Drunkard' is redolent of tankards and alehouses and Falstaff in a wide leather belt. If your life is going to be wedded to a slur, it might as well be a colorful one." (pg. 166)This book is smooth and easy (like a good scotch?). Steinberg really lets the reader into his head and is brutally honest. When he relapses after nearly a full month off the wagon, I felt like screaming "Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!! Don't go down in the bas [...]

    10. Jennifer on said:

      With a title "Drunkard: A Hard-Drinking Life", I expected an Augusten Burroughs style tale. I was sorely disappointed.I got to page 173 before I was so infuriated with Neil's excuses, whining, ego and apparent lack of interest in recovery that I gave up. I didn't CARE if Neil drank again or recovered; if his marriage survived or failed; or if he was allowed to continue writing his newspaper column. To add insult to injury, Neil's journey towards alcoholism is just plain BORING. There were no wil [...]

    11. Matt on said:

      Book 1 of my 50 books in 52 weeks. Drunkard reads like Bukowski lite. Written by popular Chicago Sun Times author Neil Steinberg, this memoir chronicles his struggle with booze and details [not surprisingly:] his path to recovery. Nothing profound here, nor does Steinberg purport that there should be. Drunkard is a simple honest account of an exceptional person dealing with personal demons. Steinberg’s story lacks the extreme drunkalogue that you see in so many books about addiction, but what [...]

    12. Terry Allen on said:

      I like biographies, so this one interested me. It's not like anything I've read before. The lifestyle and draw of alcohol in this book were a little shocking. But more shocking to me was his inability to recognize the scope of his problem or understand the affect on his family, and fellow alcoholics while in forced therapy. I guess that was exactly the pint if the book. It's what alcoholism is. It's a loss if rationality. I'm glad he wrote it, I'm glad I read it, and I hope it finds the people w [...]

    13. Melissa on said:

      I love a good trainwreck, and for the time being while I was reading this book it was my guilty pleasure. I was amazed that any human could drink that much, to the point where they wouldn't care if it was totally destroying their family and health. I found it surprisingly very relatable, as I too am from the Chicago area and live a boring suburban life. Only I realize boring can actually be GOOD.

    14. Pamela on said:

      This is a narrative stroll through a year of Neil Steinberg's life, a Chicago Suntimes Columnist, self proclaimed Drunkard who describes his court proscribed rehab and multiple relapses. Never a fan of his column, I can honestly say I like him less after reading his biography. He comes accross as an arrogant soul who has zero reflection on how his destructive behavior injurs those around him. I understand that when in the depths of addiction, it is challenging to see beyond your own self, but. I [...]

    15. Erin on said:

      Also posted in: bookserinread/ I like that fact that the first book I'm writing about is non-fiction. The true experience about a man's fight with alcoholism.It's his story, and he did a great job at telling it. I'm not just speaking about the alcoholism aspect of it, but I'm impressed with his courage at portraying himself as a man who didn't believe he had a problem, and was constantly feeling that he was better than others. Possibly not better -but smarter. He may not have realised it until h [...]

    16. Melanie on said:

      I thought it was a very good read. The Author manages to relate a sad story with much humor. Drunkard: A Hard-Drinking Life by Neil SteinbergMy rating: 4 of 5 starsI thought it was a very good read. The Author manages to relate a sad story with much humor.View all my reviews

    17. Dawn Mueller on said:

      I was glad this wasn't the standard "My life was shit until I found AA book." Instead, it documented what it's really like to struggle with this disease. Being an alcoholic myself, I couldn't help but root for him to get that drink in the beginning when he described how badly he wanted it. Then, as it wore on, it got a little tiresome, but I think that was the point. This is what alcoholism does. Throughout his stint in recovery and AA, he would have what he thought were epiphanies that would su [...]

    18. Kim on said:

      I liked this book and this author. He is not an over the top drunk - just a decent guy who began to enjoy decent drinks too much. I appreciated his take on what I have sometimes experienced as the cult of 12 step programs and AA meetings in general. Steinberg looked at it all with a wary cynicism and as a result, probably came out of his own struggles a much healthier and more enjoyable person to be around than the many others who only know how to exist in one extreme or another. This was a quic [...]

    19. JENNY MILK on said:

      I loved this book! It was such a fast read. I felt like I was part of Neil's lifehis little quips and the day to day feelings he shared while battling alcoholism. He didn't glamorize the disease, instead he wrote about it, as it truly was. And I really respect that. This book really does give motivation to those who are struggling through any sort of hardship in their life, not only substance abuse. It wasn't a "laugh out loud" sort of humor, but I found myself chuckling and smiling at several p [...]

    20. Kirk Duckers on said:

      This is a wonderful read on one person's struggle with alcohol addiction. Neil Steinberg is a columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times who almost lost it all, including his job, family, and many friends, due to his demise into the hidden world of alcoholism. Regardless of one's situation in life, I feel this is a good read for anyone. Not only is the prose smooth and entertaining, but it also exposes what many people disregard as a lack of willpower. Here is a portrait of a man who fell hard, but got [...]

    21. justablondemoment on said:

      I had a really hard time reading this book. Everything felt disjointed and fragmented. There wasn't any time flow that I could follow. To me, it was just thoughts and things that happened randomly thrown to the reader. And worse, the things thrown didn't capture my attention as they never felt complete. I applaud people telling all in the attempts to recover in their lives and in doing so helping others. However, you have to do it in a way people connect to the story, either through the reader's [...]

    22. John Matthews on said:

      This unflinching account of Sun Times columnist Neil Steinberg’s descent into alcoholism and resulting arrest for domestic violence doesn’t spare the depraved details of these misfortunes. If you are an alcoholic, this book will likely strengthen your resolve not to drink. If you are not an alcoholic, it will make you thankful you will never be reduced to drinking off the vanilla extract or pawing through the garbage for a few remaining drops out of a wine bottle in efforts to quiet your thi [...]

    23. Kelley on said:

      Again, this is a winner. Such an honest tale of addiction - those stories always resonate with me because I do think we're all addicts (whether it's sugar, sex, drugs, passive-agressive behavior, or whatever!) so as I've said before, I'm a sucker for a story of redemption and this is a great one, only 70 pages in. It stands head and shoulders in honesty above James Frey - though I did and still do love that book. There's something so different in reading a story of recovery and thinking 'yah, th [...]

    24. Russell on said:

      Finally, an addiction book that isn't cliche. Steinberg struggles with alcohol. He never hits bottom. He never quite fully recovers. He neither castigates his old self nor vindicates his new self. Very realistic and refreshing if somewhat disturbing. My favorite passage is below:"At a stoplight, we pull alongside a Ferrari. red and perfect. I study the driver - about my age, head shaved, sunglasses, hockey puck watch. A cell phone pressed against his bald head. He darts me the briefest glance, h [...]

    25. BetsyD on said:

      A really good and useful book, though I worry that the author doesn't have very good recovery (at one point he talks about making his wife his higher power!) I wish there were more books like this about food addiction and codependency, but one can almost just substitute the word "food" or "relationships" for alcohol in books like "Drinking: A Love Story," and this one. Apparently, every time the author opened a bottle of Jack Daniel's, he'd give it a kiss. I've certainly felt that way about, say [...]

    26. Debbie on said:

      I immediately liked his writing style in my first read of a Neil Steinberg book and I found this second book, with a very difficult topic, to be just as good. His words are succinct while painting clear images and emotions, and it was one of those books that I could not put down. Becoming an alcoholic is not uncommon for Chicago newspaper writers, I learned, but at the time of the publication, Neil Steinberg was starting to work through all of his challenges. I hope he has continued to do so. I [...]

    27. Greg on said:

      This memoir is incredibly good because it is very honest. Too many of these types of memoirs overstate facts, including the moments when everything clicks and the writer embraces sobriety. Neil does not sugarcoat his journey. Parts of it will make you dislike him, but that is what honesty does. I feel oddly uncomfortable and unsatisfied at the end of the book. And, after some reflection, I realized that I feel that way because Neil's story is not typical story. That is exactly what makes the mem [...]

    28. Jimmy on said:

      Posting the fact that I'm reading something as dull as a recovery memoir, written by a columnist from the Chicago Sun Times is another way of saying that my mind is so clouded from drink that I only feel capable of reading directly relatable stories about the drinking habits of others. And I can't stand memoirs, but somehow I can read this trash. I'm not sure which habit is worse. Also, it's set in Northbrook and Chicago; very familiar territory for me.

    29. Anon on said:

      Neil Steinberg is a huge piece of shit and this book made me want to fucking kill him. Anybody that thinks this book is more than a couple hundred pages of self serving garbage meant to rationalize and justify his disgusting behavior is likely just blinded by his morally high signaling of asinine virtues and politics.Get real people, you are praising a guy who probably still knocks out his wife every time a newspaper rejects him.

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