Drunk Mom

Drunk-Mom-Book-Cover-May-13-p178Drunk Mom is a book by writer Jowita Bydlowska. She originally conceived the book as a work of fiction. Later, it morphed into a stark personal confession, a grim diary of sorts that has been getting coverage in Toronto newspapers and on the CBC.

This blog is not a book review. I haven’t read Drunk Mom. But in reading more of the coverage, it does speak to me that alcohol affects many different parts of our society. In this case, a young woman raises her newborn child, and in the midst of her transition into motherhood, loses control over her sense of responsibility and the act of raising a child.

Whether this book is a catharsis for guilt, an exorcism of past demons or a clever ploy to use a provocative topic to create controversy (it has certainly created media interest) I don’t know.

What I do know is that alcohol has destructive ramifications for many young people in our culture, as their parents struggle with this drug. From babies with alcoholic mothers to the grown children of alcoholics struggling to find peace and forge meaningful relationships, no level of our society is immune.

As such, perhaps Drunk Mom is a work that shines a light into one shadowy corner of the alcohol world. Let us hope Bydlowska’s journey back into the light acts as a beacon for others in their own darkness.

Author: Doug Ironside RN

Doug is a Registered Nurse (PHN) with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.

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