Continuing the booze conversation here
The writer of the popular blog ‘‘Mrs D is Going Without’’ is visiting the region this month to help raise awareness of alcohol and drug addiction issues.
Lotta Dann is a mother of three sons and lives in Wellington with her journalist husband Corin Dann.
Her blog ‘Mrs D Is Going Without’ began in late 2011 as a series of private letters hidden in a corner of the internet, but the site now receives thousands of visitors every day.
In it, Dann describes her drinking problem, charts her route to sobriety and reveals how vital the online blogging community became.
Dann also manages the ‘‘Living Sober’’ website backed by several health agencies including the Health Promotion Agency.
Her visit has been co-ordinated by the Wanaka Alcohol Group (WAG), which in July held a community forum on legal highs and alcohol.
WAGspokeswoman Kathy Dedo said last week thatWAGjoined with Youth Access to Alcohol (YATA) and Central Otago Drink Aware (CODA) to foster a better understanding between parents and children of alcohol and drugs issues.
Dann’s presentation is part of the On the Same Wavelength seriesWAGdevised to help connect parents with each other and the community.
Dedo said the series was going well in Wanaka, with about 100 people turning up.
There had been good turnouts at other towns, she said.
‘‘The desired effect is to continue the conversation and that is definitely happening. One of the really next things is getting feedback from people who couldn’t attend for whatever reason, saying they wished they could have,’’ Dedo said.
While things had ‘‘gone quiet’’ over the winter, there were issues looming about legal highs and the kinds of bylaws the local authorities would make to control them, she said.
For real: Lotta Dann has been there, done that and knows how destructive it can be.