Intoxicating Lies: One Woman's Journey to Freedom from Gray Area Drinking

Intoxicating Lies: One Woman's Journey to Freedom from Gray Area Drinking

by Meg Geisewite
Intoxicating Lies: One Woman's Journey to Freedom from Gray Area Drinking

Intoxicating Lies: One Woman's Journey to Freedom from Gray Area Drinking

by Meg Geisewite


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Earned First Place for Delaware Press Association (DPA) Communications Contest 2023

Meg never hit a rock bottom.

Most people think that in order to acknowledge and address a drinking problem, you must first hit rock bottom, but this heartfelt story reveals the truth that gray area drinking comes in many shades. Alcohol consumption exists on a spectrum with a vast range of dependency in the middle. Gray area drinking unconsciously haunts most people until it becomes a problem. Our society is inundated with messages that support unhealthy drinking habits, just one of the many insidious lies of alcohol.

Intoxicating Lies, you will find the relatable story of one mom’s journey to freedom—not only from gray area drinking but also from the shame and guilt that crushed her sense of worth and inner knowing. This book uncovers surprising insights into the alcohol industry and our society’s obsession with the mommy wine culture.

With practical advice and friendly wisdom from a mom who has seen it all, this book should be every woman’s guide to living in authentic freedom from alcohol’s intoxicating lies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781954437630
Publisher: Clovercroft Publishing
Publication date: 01/17/2023
Pages: 184
Sales rank: 456,561
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Bestselling author Meg Geisewite is an ordinary mom who found herself trapped in the mommy wine culture. She began her sober-curious journey in November 2019 where she completed all three of the Sober Sis programs: The 21-Day Reset; Alcohol-Free Lifestyle Course; and The Quest, in which she currently participates. Flipping the script of silence in the mommy wine culture, Meg continues to give back to Sober Sis, a SoberMinded Sisterhood, and is dedicated to lifting up a community of women who find themselves trapped in gray area drinking.

Meg’s love for science led her to a successful career in pharmaceutical sales. Science helped Meg discover the real truth about alcohol and its seductive lies in her debut book. Meg resides with her husband, Paul, in Newark, Delaware, where Paul has been her rock throughout her alcohol-free journey. They are blessed with two amazing children, Ashley and Grant, and their dog, Phoebe.

Read an Excerpt

"The big alcohol industry—a vast network of producers, distributors, marketers and retailers—is specifically targeting women with these (pro-drinking) messages, knowing it is keeping us small, quiet, and checked out. It is particularly disparaging towards moms. We are taught by society that we earned it; we deserve it. It is like a mom code we have all gulped down unknowingly."

"Identifying and relating to the gray area drinking category created the space and the capacity for me to explore my relationship with alcohol with a group of sober-curious women who felt just like I did. I was beginning to see through the fog and those gray hues to a place where stories like mine resonated with my inner knowing. It became clear, the bigger question was not "Do I have a drinking problem?" but rather "What is drinking doing for me?" If our gray area drinking looks normal, I began to wonder why there were thousands of women in my group questioning their relationship with alcohol just like me. And maybe just like you."

"The alcohol-free journey was a process of stripping off all my old beliefs and growing new skin, new beliefs, which were beginning to strengthen that very important voice within."

"I was finally waking up to no longer disappointing and abandoning myself, now always choosing what felt true and good to me. Choosing myself over and over again began to appear in many facets of my life throughout my alcohol-free journey, each time like a test to see if I would choose my needs, my beliefs, my voice, and my preferences over external validation. These choices arise, asking you to choose only the ones that bring you joy and forego the ones that don't. The beauty is that every day we get to make a choice, asking ourselves: Will you reconnect with your one true self, or will you abandon her to please everyone else?"

"I had finally come to a place in my journey where I could see my one true self and trust my inner knowing, no matter what or who told me otherwise. I can see I am a reflection of God. It means seeing there is so much more to this one precious life than choosing a substance that takes versus gives. I had shifted to my heart—to my one true self—where all my power fully lives."

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