“Ask any woman you know to scratch the surface, and she will find a drinking story. Whether we are drinking it or not, alcohol remains a potent part of our lives, like food and the Internet. The world is saturated with it, steeped in it. We confront alcohol everywhere we go—from home to the office party, date night to ladies’ night, happy hour to sports sidelines. Even where alcohol is not present on the surface, it often lies beneath, a palpable absence.
We drink for different reasons: to quench thirst, to loosen up, because it tastes good, to enhance a meal, because we’re addicted, to self medicate, as part of a ceremony, to celebrate, to mourn. We drink when we’re happy. We drink when we’re sad. And then there are the nondrinkers, for whom abstaining may be as much of an issue as drinking.”
– Edited by Leah Odze Epstein and Caren Osten Gerszberg