A Teenager’s Struggle with Alcohol


Bekka is a Bay Area-based high school student. I’ve been reading her blog for a few months. It’s clear she’s a talented writer and an even more talented photographer. Her posts blend a mature self-awareness with a rebellious artistic flair. Yesterday, out of the blue, she posted about her struggle with alcohol. Titled "Walking the fine line between self-control and self-abuse," it is an incredibly poignant entry which, when accompanied by the photograph she took of herself above, produces a stirring, somewhat saddening effect. Having lived through an alcohol-soaked high school social scene myself, I can attest to the fine line’s existence, and the unfortunate reality that too many kids are on the self-abuse end of the spectrum.

8 comments on “A Teenager’s Struggle with Alcohol
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  • Thanks for this, Ben – it’s doubly worthy as it is from a female alcoholic, a perspective which I find sadly lacking. (In my experience, there is a special shame which goes with being a woman with an alcohol addiction, a stigma derived of feeling you are betraying your femininity.) There are issues that affect females with drinking problems which I hope Bekka will address as eloquently as she did her ‘coming out’.

  • Thanks for the link to Bekka’s site Ben; I’m new to this whole blog thing, but I’ll definitely take a look, at her space. Thanks for your comments too Jackie – spot on…
    I am surrounded by recovering alcoholics (from teens to seniors) daily, and if Bekka choses to relinquish her “self-control” and get help, I know from first hand experience that she will have the capacity to live a happy and joyous (sober) creative life.

  • It’s so sad. Thanks Ben for the link. I have read her article. She’s been struggling to fight against alcohol. Since high school, she is already engaged with alcohol. It’s good for her that she is trying fight it.

    This is a comprehensive addiction portal focusing on topics of alcohol and drug abuse. http://www.alcoholaddiction.org

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