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Caroline Knapp, 42; Wrote of Alcohol Struggle 

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Jump to full article: Los Angeles Times, 2002-06-22
Author: JON THURBER, TIMES STAFF WRITER

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"Drinking" is full of ironic passages, perhaps none so moving as Knapp's account of a conversation she had with her mother about her drinking.

"My mother was the sort of person who chose her words with the utmost care, and I understood that a wealth of meanings ran beneath that simple phrase: more serious than smoking. Smoking causes cancer, a disease that was killing my father, that had killed several women in her family, that would kill her just a few years later. She understood that drinking was more dangerous and she understood why: smoking could ruin my body; drinking could ruin my mind and my future."

Knapp started smoking in her 20s and never stopped. She was diagnosed with lung cancer in April

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My mother . . . understood that drinking was more dangerous and she understood why: smoking could ruin my body; drinking could ruin my mind and my future.
From "Drinking: A Love Story," by Caroline Knapp, who has died of lung cancer at 42. THURBER, J.