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books The Best Binge Drinking Memoirs  

Mel Judson
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For some, drinking is a social activity. Most people can have one or two cocktails at a work event, or a glass of wine with dinner. But for many alcoholics and binge drinkers, one drink is too many, and a thousand is never enough. Alcohol memoirs that document the author's struggle with booze have become a sub-genre of their own. The books on this list will stock your bookshelves with hilarious, shocking, and tragic stories about the downward spiral of alcohol addiction.

The writers who have poured their souls into these memoirs about drinking are, for the most part, on the road to recovery. Some of these books are hilarious - Tucker Max's Assholes Finish First should be required reading for any college frat guy, and Carrie Fisher's honest, funny approach to writing Wishful Drinking about how her addictions controlled her life while she was filming Star Wars is a must-read for any comedy fan.

Other books, however, were written to demonstrate the dangers of drinking too much. Koren Zailckas's harrowing memoir, Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood showcases what can happen to young women who start drinking at a very young age, and Dry by Augusten Burroughs is an incredibly accurate depiction of what it's like to be a young alcoholic in New York City. 

Vote up the best binge-drinking memoirs, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

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Drunk Mom is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Binge Drinking Memoirs
Drunk Mom Jowita Bydlowska

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Drunkard: A Hard-Drinking Life is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Binge Drinking Memoirs

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The Couch of Willingness is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Binge Drinking Memoirs
The Couch of Willingness Michael Pond and Maureen Palmer

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Random Acts of Badness is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Binge Drinking Memoirs
Random Acts of Badness Danny Bonaduce

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Blackout is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Binge Drinking Memoirs
Blackout Sarah Hepola

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I regret nothing is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Binge Drinking Memoirs
I Regret Nothing Jen Lancaster

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The Wolf of Wall Street is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Binge Drinking Memoirs
The Wolf of Wall Street Jordan Belfort

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Drinking: A Love Story is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Binge Drinking Memoirs
Drinking: A Love Story Caroline Knapp

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Parched is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Binge Drinking Memoirs
Parched: A Memoir Heather King

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I'll Cry Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Binge Drinking Memoirs
I'll Cry Tomorrow Gerold Frank, Lillian Roth, Mike Connolly

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The Other Great Depression is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Binge Drinking Memoirs
The Other Great Depression Richard D. Lewis

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Where Have I Been? is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Binge Drinking Memoirs
Where Have I Been? Bill Davidson, Sid Caesar

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The Los Angeles Diaries is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Binge Drinking Memoirs

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John Barleycorn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Binge Drinking Memoirs
John Barleycorn Jack London

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Wishful Drinking is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Binge Drinking Memoirs
Wishful Drinking Carrie Fisher

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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Binge Drinking Memoirs
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Hunter S. Thompson

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Leave the Light On is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Binge Drinking Memoirs
Leave the Light On Jennifer Storm

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Ham on Rye is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Binge Drinking Memoirs
Ham on Rye Charles Bukowski

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Coreyography: a Memoir is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Binge Drinking Memoirs
Coreyography: a Memoir Corey Feldman

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A Drinking Life: A Memoir is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Binge Drinking Memoirs

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The Night of the Gun: A Report... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Binge Drinking Memoirs

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Another bullshit night in Suck... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Binge Drinking Memoirs

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Stories I Only Tell My Friends... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Binge Drinking Memoirs

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Goodbye, Mr. Wonderful is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Binge Drinking Memoirs
Goodbye, Mr. Wonderful Chris McCully

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Drinking to Distraction is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Binge Drinking Memoirs
Drinking to Distraction Jenna Hollenstein

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Drink is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Binge Drinking Memoirs
Drink Anne Dowsett Johnston

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Assholes Finish First is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Binge Drinking Memoirs

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Smashed: Story of a Drunken Gi... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Binge Drinking Memoirs

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Sober Is the New Black is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Binge Drinking Memoirs
Sober Is the New Black Rachel Black

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Dry is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Binge Drinking Memoirs
Dry Barbara Sapergia, Augusten Burroughs