In Smashed, Koren Zailckas leads readers through an unflinching account of her underage drinking habits, giving horrifying meaning to the old public service announcement, "It's p. Zailckas remembers her first drink far more clearly than her first kiss, and falls madly in love with booze. In this unforgettable memoir of one girl's experience with binge drinking, Zailckas candidly reveals some of the humiliating details of her past. She is among the thousands of young girls who have blacked out, find themselves completely disoriented or get alcohol poisoning, only to do it again the next weekend. With startling facts and distressing tales of troubled friendships, mostly unwanted or semi-conscious sexual experiences and states of oblivion strewn throughout, Zailckas tells her story as a warning to girls who may potentially follow in her footsteps.
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Koren Zailckas spent her teenager years, from age 14 on, drinking everything she could get her hands on, an almost-fatal ongoing binge she chronicles in her memoir Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood.
Smashed came out when you were only 24, chronicling a decade of excessive drinking. At what point did you decide that you had a problem, and when did you start working on the book? Did you know it was going to be a book when you began writing about your alcohol issues? Around the time I quit drinking and I became preoccupied with this old memory of the night that I had my stomach pumped when I was So I sat down and wrote what became that chapter in Smashed.
The Harvard School of Public Health was releasing the findings of its college alcohol study. Time ran a cover story about female binge drinkers. In my own experience, I knew my female friends and I drank largely because it was an expression of our unhappiness or our lack of confidence. It occurred to me that I could offer a younger perspective. One of the points of contention by many readers of Smashed is that you don't actually identify as an alcoholic.
Where do you think that line should be drawn? Is that an identity that should only be self-proclaimed, or can we fairly point to others or quantify them by how much they drink and say "so-and-so is an alcoholic?
God knows I had that abuse down pat. In an interview, you said, "I always thought that drinking was a womanly thing to do. When you say "womanly," you don't mean feminine, right? Because the drinking in your book can hardly be described as girlish. Especially in the wake of malternative beverages: Smirnoff Ices and Bacardi Silvers, drinks that are sweet and sudsy. Vodka went vanilla flavored. Packaging turned pink and purple.
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Between Drinks, a Coming of Age
Look Inside Reading Guide. Reading Guide. Garnering a vast amount of attention from young people and parents, and from book buyers across the country, Smashed became a media sensation and a New York Times bestseller. With one stiff sip of Southern Comfort at the age of fourteen, Zailckas is initiated into the world of drinking.
Smashed : Story of a Drunken Girlhood
Smashed chronicles Zailckas' decade-long struggle with alcohol abuse, beginning at fourteen, in an effort to explain the binge drinking phenomenon that plagues America's youth. Around the time she quit drinking, Zailckas became preoccupied with an old memory, which involved a night that she had her stomach pumped when she was According to Zailckas, she hadn't thought about that night in a number of years, but she suddenly couldn't get it out of her head. Eventually, she sat down and wrote about it.
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