Wine Within Your Comfort Zone reveals the intimate yet complicated relationship women have with wine in today’s celebratory culture. Grounded in Marla O’Brien’s personal story as a closet wine drinker for a decade, and with stories of other women struggling in a world of overindulgence, this book offers practical advice on how to modify and moderate your wine-drinking routine.
If you are wondering “Am I drinking too much?” but feeling that the label “alcoholic” doesn’t quite fit, Wine Within Your Comfort Zone will guide you to look within, listen to your inner wisdom and reclaim your power. Once you become mindful of your wine consumption, you will learn how to enjoy all that is good about drinking wine—within your comfort zone.
Whether for a book club, family member, friend, or you, Wine Within Your Comfort Zone shows, with compassion and wisdom, that wine can indeed be swirled, sipped and savoured—in moderation.
Wine Within Your Comfort Zone
Do you ever wonder, “Am I drinking too much wine?” If you do, then chances are you’re drinking more than you should. Maybe you’re beating yourself up about it too, and feeling guilty. Still, you don’t want to quit. You simply want to control what you’re doing and enjoy it—without concern or remorse.
Perhaps you find yourself justifying the glasses of wine you pour by telling yourself it’s healthy. After all, medical journals say it’s good for heart health, and Dr. Oz and his wife Lisa drink wine regularly, don’t they?
You may have noticed how socially prevalent and acceptable it is to imbibe regularly, to pair your wine with delicious foods. And we’re told how children in many European countries are raised on wine and live to be over a hundred!
Wine is made of grapes, grapes are a fruit and fruit is healthy, so you joke. Anyway, everyone’s doing it. You’re no different than your friends and the rest of society, nor do you want to be. It’s social and it’s harmless. It’s not like you’re belting back shots of vodka. Wine smoothes out the edges of a long stressful day and puts you in a relaxed state, quickly, quietly and without effort.
You may have heard that drinking in excess can increase your chances of developing certain cancers, particularly breast cancer. Even though you’re aware of the dangers of over-consuming, you still don’t want to quit. You simply want to take back your power and drink in moderation, without the guilt and shame, and more importantly, without putting your health at risk.
As I reveal my struggle, my story and my truth, you may catch a glimpse of yourself. The stigma society places on people like me had me believing I was powerless over my glasses of wine. This was not the case, as I explain. Through my personal journey, I have come to understand my intimate yet complicated relationship with wine, and I have relearned to drink in moderation. You can too.
The chapters that follow relate earthshaking, pivotal moments in my life. As you read them, you may be inclined to judge me using old dogma and a belief system saturated in outdated and irrelevant information. That’s okay. No one can judge me more harshly than I have judged myself. All I ask is that you explore the truth—for yourself.
Chances are if you’ve read this far, your intuition is urging you to seek the truth, and along with it your power from within. As you will learn, your intuition, that inner guide you often hear and choose to ignore, will lead you to your comfort zone.
Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.
~ Brené Brown
Wine Within Your Comfort Zone, watch for it, Fall 2014