How love helped me quit drinking

Fifteen years after first wondering about my relationship with alcohol, I finally stopped drinking in May of 2018.

During those 15 years of private alarm and “moderate, socially acceptable” nightly drinking, I explored an array of views about addiction and recovery, learning something from each, but I didn’t stop drinking. Instead, I watered my seeds of concern with alcohol, and I hid.

I hid by dating people who drank more than me. I hid by sharing alcohol memes, by laughing at how grateful I was for alcohol. I hid by repeatedly asking friends…