Barbara Walters Is Having an Exceptionally Dumb Week

Earlier this week, Barbara Walters decided to use her platform on The View to share her fascinating opinion that Woody Allen can't have molested Dylan Farrow because she's seen him be nice to his new children. On Thursday, she implied that it's been an open secret around ABC that Elizabeth Vargas is an alcoholic. And… » 2/07/14 2:20pm 2/07/14 2:20pm

The O.C. Might Have Created a Generation of Drunk Marissa Coopers

Guess what? You're old! Maybe you already suspected as much, but here's confirmation — hallmark teen drama The O.C. premiered exactly 10 years ago today. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to throw the Jeff Buckley version of "Hallelujah," lock myself away in the pool house and have a good cry while thinking back my… » 8/05/13 5:00pm 8/05/13 5:00pm

A Chat With Gabrielle Glaser, Author Of Her Best-Kept Secret

We've always heard more about male alcoholics than female ones — It's only recently that this study of wine being abused by Gen X women came out, and I could have told you that years ago. And I'm not counting the myriad pieces on college girls binge drinking, because the drinking is framed as almost incidental.… » 7/20/13 2:30pm 7/20/13 2:30pm

The Mad Men Season Finale: Moment of Clarity

The first season or two of Mad Men made drinking all day, womanizing all night, and chain smoking seem really glamorous. But Don Draper doesn't wear his unhealthy lifestyle as handsomely in 1968 as he did in 1960. Now pasty, puffy, and sweaty, his bloodshot eyes are the windows to someone who is dead inside. It did… » 6/24/13 4:10pm 6/24/13 4:10pm

Women, Booze, and the Glaring Gender Disparity in AA’s Philosophy

By virtue of the fact that it’s an essay in the Saturday Wall Street Journal (a mixed bag of insightful cultural commentary, impossibly palatial real estate listings, and thinly-veiled conservative ravings about America’s social decadence), and because its second paragraph begins with the vaguely-judgmental sentence,… » 6/22/13 1:30pm 6/22/13 1:30pm

Christine Quinn Speaks Out About Her Eating Disorder

Kinda like Angelina Jolie, New York City Council speaker and Democratic mayoral candidate Christine Quinn, took to today's New York Times to come forward with a personal struggle. Quinn, who is the first openly gay and female mayoral candidate in New York, spoke openly about her battle with bulimia and drinking as a… » 5/14/13 6:45pm 5/14/13 6:45pm

Marriages Are Falling Apart Because Women Be Drinking

If you go out for afterwork drinks with your friends tonight, please please please be careful about the amount that you imbibe. Not because of your health or drunk driving or anything like that, but because your drinking is tearing your marriage apart. Oh, you're not married? See what I mean? Then the hooch has… » 4/03/13 12:40pm 4/03/13 12:40pm

Mixing Booze with Diet Soda Will Get You Drunk Faster, But So Will…

Science, always looking for new ways to help you forget your painful past, has recently discovered that drinking alcohol mixed with diet soda will get you drunk faster than drinking it with other types of mixers. Sure, there's something a bit less tragically poetic about staring into a glass of whisky and Diet Coke,… » 2/06/13 1:00pm 2/06/13 1:00pm

Terrifying PSA Turns Drunk Parents Into Literal Monsters

If fear is a great motivator, then hopefully this PSA for children's charity Fragile Childhood will get its share of alcoholic parents to stop drinking. The ad, created by Finnish agency Euro RSCG Helsinki, asks "How do our childen see us when we've been drinking?" and shows several terrified children being haunted… » 9/14/12 3:40pm 9/14/12 3:40pm