The bottom of the bottle: how many drinks are too many?

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The bottom of the bottle: how many drinks are too many?

We make excuses for how much we drink, but the truth hurts

Sarah Koopman

As we share more about ourselves online, we open the door for critical conversations that have often been kept under wraps. Social media can feel like a safe space to share personal thoughts and experiences in public, and when others do so, it often allows us to start reflecting on our own lives.

When acclaimed singer Zahara celebrated five months of sobriety earlier in 2019, she spoke publicly about the emotional “dark space” that had led her to drink.

The conversation this sparked on Twitter shone a light on South Africans’ relationship with alcohol. While Zahara says she was not dependent on alcohol, she says she “drank a little to find happiness” – and that it was when she once finished a whole bottle of wine on her own that she saw a problem coming and decided to seek help...

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