In Smashed, Koren Zailckas leads readers through an unflinching account of her underage drinking habits, giving horrifying meaning to the old public service announcement, "It's p. Zailckas remembers her first drink far more clearly than her first kiss, and falls madly in love with booze. In this unforgettable memoir of one girl's experience with binge drinking, Zailckas candidly reveals some of the humiliating details of her past. She is among the thousands of young girls who have blacked out, find themselves completely disoriented or get alcohol poisoning, only to do it again the next weekend.

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Smashed chronicles Zailckas' decade-long struggle with alcohol abuse, beginning at fourteen, in an effort to explain the binge drinking phenomenon that plagues America's youth. Around the time she quit drinking, Zailckas became preoccupied with an old memory, which involved a night that she had her stomach pumped when she was According to Zailckas, she hadn't thought about that night in a number of years, but she suddenly couldn't get it out of her head.

Eventually, she sat down and wrote about it. The piece later became a chapter in her book. Around the same time, Zailckas was hearing a lot [ citation needed ] in the news about "girls of her generation" and how they were drinking younger and more than all the generations of women who'd gone before them. The Harvard School of Public Health reported, between and , there was a threefold increase in the number of women who reported being drunk on ten or more occasions in the previous month.

Time magazine ran a cover story about female binge drinkers. Zailckas didn't agree with what the psychologists and the sociologists, the clinicians and the statisticians had to say, which was [ citation needed ] : "girls today are drinking more because they're just so damn liberated, because they're bursting with confidence and girl power, because they believe they can match boys everywhere, including the bar.

It occurred to Zailckas, then 23, that she could offer a younger perspective. She wrote the screenplay with her sister. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article does not cite any sources.

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Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood

Koren Zailckas spent her teenager years, from age 14 on, drinking everything she could get her hands on, an almost-fatal ongoing binge she chronicles in her memoir Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood. Smashed came out when you were only 24, chronicling a decade of excessive drinking. At what point did you decide that you had a problem, and when did you start working on the book? Did you know it was going to be a book when you began writing about your alcohol issues? Around the time I quit drinking and I became preoccupied with this old memory of the night that I had my stomach pumped when I was


Smashed : Story of a Drunken Girlhood

In an attempt to keep her friend young Koren Zailckas took her first drink just days before graduating eighth grade. Although she didn't like the taste of her first drink, she was pleased that her normal shy, quite, self was changed after a few sips. Zailckas claims that this first time didn't turn her into an addict, but started her love affair with the bottle that changes her personality. Zailckas however learned young that drinking alone doesn't have the same affect, and since her "drinking friend" Natalie was sent off to a boarding school for the arts there was a long time between her first drink and first waste. However, on Halloween night of her freshman year, with her closest friend at the time Billie, Billie's older brother Mac, and his friend Phil, Zailckas gets wasted in a grave yard.


Between Drinks, a Coming of Age

By any sane measure, Koren Zailckas did far too much drinking during her high school and college years. How much? Enough to find herself typically sick and woozy beside a toilet, "hugging the bowl like a life preserver. But by other lights, Ms. Zailckas did some things right. She was lucid enough to model herself on Mary Karr, one of her teachers at Syracuse University. She now describes Ms.


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