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Culture 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
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
Michael Pond and Maureen Palmer
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Blackout is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Binge Drinking Memoirs
Sarah Hepola
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Random Acts of Badness is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Binge Drinking Memoirs
Danny Bonaduce
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I regret nothing is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Binge Drinking Memoirs
Jen Lancaster
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Parched is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Binge Drinking Memoirs
Heather King
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Drinking: A Love Story is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Binge Drinking Memoirs
Caroline Knapp
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The Los Angeles Diaries is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Binge Drinking Memoirs
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The Wolf of Wall Street is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Binge Drinking Memoirs
Jordan Belfort
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I'll Cry Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Binge Drinking Memoirs
Gerold Frank, Lillian Roth, Mike Connolly
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The Other Great Depression is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Binge Drinking Memoirs
Richard D. Lewis
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Ham on Rye is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Binge Drinking Memoirs
Charles Bukowski
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Where Have I Been? is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Binge Drinking Memoirs
Bill Davidson, Sid Caesar
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John Barleycorn is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Binge Drinking Memoirs
Jack London
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Wishful Drinking is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Binge Drinking Memoirs
Carrie Fisher
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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Binge Drinking Memoirs
Hunter S. Thompson
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7 5
The Night of the Gun: A Report... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Binge Drinking Memoirs
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Leave the Light On is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Binge Drinking Memoirs
Jennifer Storm
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Another bullshit night in Suck... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Binge Drinking Memoirs
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Coreyography: a Memoir is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Binge Drinking Memoirs
Corey Feldman
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Drink is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Binge Drinking Memoirs
Anne Dowsett Johnston
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A Drinking Life: A Memoir is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Binge Drinking Memoirs
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Smashed: Story of a Drunken Gi... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Binge Drinking Memoirs
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Goodbye, Mr. Wonderful is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Binge Drinking Memoirs
Chris McCully