It was one of those rare occasions that my birthday fell on a Saturday night. I was so excited to “go out” and had invited friends to meet me at the bar. I was wearing a pair of Guess jeans that I had charged on my maxed out credit card…

My husband pulled the car to the curb so that the kids and I could hop out of our mini van instead of having to walk to the patio where we were meeting friends for a night out. I could hear the music already playing and I was so pumped…

Four years ago I was looking at a blinking google search bar. I typed in “am I an alcoholic?” and filled out an online questionnaire that confirmed I was not. …

Oh Alcohol, Here you are again, causing so many issues for us humans yet standing on the sidelines with that smirk on your face knowing that you will never be held responsible.

According to the CDC, Alcohol.org, and other studies alcohol is big component of sexual violence, rape, and unwanted…

For the last (almost) 4 years I’ve walked around my house spouting off facts about alcohol and our bodies. I talk about how it increases stress, causes cancer, numbs out good feelings, gives me a headache, and more. I wasn’t sharing these facts hoping that my husband would one day…

I’ll be honest, I hadn’t heard of Sha’Carri Richardson before I became obsessed with her story. I was scrolling through Instagram and saw a headline with a picture stating that she was no longer eligible to run in the Olympics due to testing positive for marijuana use.

As usual, after reading the headline I started thinking about alcohol and the role that it plays in well, everything.

I immediately felt…

Many years ago, before I stopped drinking, I was scrolling through Facebook and saw a random post from an acquaintance that they were now sober. I immediately did that thing of place them into the category of “serious problem drinker” while I stayed safely in my “likes to drink for…

AINYF SHORTS

I won’t be telling my children to drink responsibly. Nor will I be telling them to use cocaine responsibly or to shoot heroine responsibly. …

For most of my adult life, I’ve fantasized about being a writer. I would find myself in my head scripting something that just happened, something that was about to happen or something that I wish would happen. I would “write” in the shower and while driving. I would find myself…

I’m a woman and therefore I was born with this innate duty to feel insecure. It wasn’t that long ago that women were executed for having an opinion. Some women were so oppressed that they got their hands chopped off if they were ever found writing something down. It’s not…

Samantha Perkins

Author of Alive AF-One Anxious Mom’s Journey to Becoming Alcohol Free. Founder of Alive AF blog.

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