She won't admit to it, of course. But she has shown during her many live Stickam sessions that she drinks. Heavily. And just about always. Usually wine, off-brand Bailey's liqueur or vodka, often all at once. There is never a time where she's live on webcam (which is fairly often, usually 2-4 times per week) where she isn't drinking. She has stated that her much-espoused mother introduced her to alcohol when she was 14, and since then, it seems to have become her primary coping mechanism. Lauren seems to be stuck in a pattern of drinking herself into a stupor, spending a day (or several, sometimes weeks at a time) sick and recovering while griping about it on Twitter without ever seeming to realize why (alcoholism + anorexia = terrible health). And then--always and inevitably--falls back into the vicious cycle of alcoholism. Below is a screenshot taken from one of her live sessions in which she (drunkenly) decided to show everyone what a normal days' alcohol consumption looks like:
Screen capture from one of her old ED blogs from 2007:
Lauren claims that she "used to" be an alcoholic, and that she's more or less grown out of it (a fallacy in itself--an alcoholic does not "grow out of" alcoholism) and now claims that she "only drinks a few times a week". Anyone who has ever seen her live on webcam knows that is a complete load of shit. Not only does she not have an understanding about this disease, but the uneducated and arrogant way she defends herself against others' concerns for her is incredibly harmful to her young followers who might have addiction issues of their own. It's one thing to be in deep denial about your illness, which Lauren clearly is, but it's quite another to publicly state that you're "recovered" (while still drinking). This is a perfect example of how Lauren's lies are extremely negligent and have the capacity to negatively influence others.
Lauren's RECOVERED, everyone! And not snarkily projecting at all! Also, it is interesting to note that apparently, according to these beacons of intellignce, in the UK they've figured out the cure for alcoholism. Teens can learn to "use it as a daily drink" instead! That is totally NOT the same thing as being an active alcoholic! I don't know how she manages to even find people so ignorant as to corroborate her myopic views. What if the person who messaged her is an alcoholic as well? How compassionate of Lauren.
More compassion and self-awareness from Lauren:
Taken from her "personal" Tumblr (now abandoned)
Completely different from what, exactly? From being... an alcoholic? I'm not so sure about that, Lauren...
She "has no intentions of going back" to drinking the moment she wakes up. Interesting. Just recently (on 12-13-11), Lauren was on Stickam, drinking 3 different kinds of alcohol at 11AM. But she is "certainly not alcohol dependent."
Is this what recovery from alcoholism looks like?
(Notice how all of these were taken on different days, and most are from the past year.)