THE BOTTLE FAMILY

Instructor: Nigel Sielegar

About 43% of U.S. adults — 76 million people — have been exposed to alcoholism in the family — they grew up with or married an alcoholic or a problem drinker or had a blood relative who was an alcoholic or problem drinker. So, with a raw and exposing point of view, I found myself creating an example of an alcoholic for each member of a family and continued by representing each as their own personal drink of choice. 

On the back of each bottle you can find the abuse story of real family members of their own that led them to see their alcoholic relatives as in... a bottle.

 
Photos by Leo Urossov

Photos by Leo Urossov

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Here is the family:

This is my Father   Just about all of my childhood memories of him revolve around his drinking. I remember countless car rides where I was scared to death, wondering if I would make it home alive because my dad was driving drunk. I remember never being able to have friends sleep over at my house as a kid because of the potential embarrassment and humiliation I would feel if my dad came home drunk, then passed out in the couch.

This is my Father

Just about all of my childhood memories of him revolve around his drinking. I remember countless car rides where I was scared to death, wondering if I would make it home alive because my dad was driving drunk. I remember never being able to have friends sleep over at my house as a kid because of the potential embarrassment and humiliation I would feel if my dad came home drunk, then passed out in the couch.

This is my Mother   Her attempts to conceal her disease became futile.   She would start making dinner after work but pass out before she could finish. She would pick fights with me over things that were beyond my control: my mother's love life, her online dating prospects, my personality similarities to my father and her financial situation. She would forget about my activities and be too drunk to drive me places.  After a nasty fall outside that left her with a busted lip, a close friend and a neighbor of ours decided to take her to rehab a couple of years ago. She was too drunk at the time to be admitted, and they suggested she come back when she was sober. She never did.

This is my Mother

Her attempts to conceal her disease became futile. 

She would start making dinner after work but pass out before she could finish. She would pick fights with me over things that were beyond my control: my mother's love life, her online dating prospects, my personality similarities to my father and her financial situation. She would forget about my activities and be too drunk to drive me places.

After a nasty fall outside that left her with a busted lip, a close friend and a neighbor of ours decided to take her to rehab a couple of years ago. She was too drunk at the time to be admitted, and they suggested she come back when she was sober. She never did.

This is my Brother   Me and my brother shared a room until i was fourteen.   Our chemistry was so big people would gather around just to enjoy our show. My brother was always my best friend. But in time I became more of an enabler than my parents ever could.   A brother who doesn’t cover for his brother is not really a loyal guy in the sibling-rule-book. So i blurred my lenses too many times. After years of dealing with his problems It is hard to realize i feel way too distant from him over it.   It breaks me. Stay strong.

This is my Brother

Me and my brother shared a room until i was fourteen. 

Our chemistry was so big people would gather around just to enjoy our show. My brother was always my best friend. But in time I became more of an enabler than my parents ever could. 

A brother who doesn’t cover for his brother is not really a loyal guy in the sibling-rule-book. So i blurred my lenses too many times. After years of dealing with his problems It is hard to realize i feel way too distant from him over it. 

It breaks me. Stay strong.

 
This is my Sister   Sometimes i feel guilty to think that i just want it to end. It's like she is torturing us. I don't know weather she wants to die or not but it seems like it is going to be the only outcome of this nightmare. Both me and my family are sick of worrying all the time. I have a daughter, a brother, and two parents and I am done with all the time I have wasted on my sister. She doesn't appreciate it.   I can tell she is sick, but this is my sister now.

This is my Sister

Sometimes i feel guilty to think that i just want it to end. It's like she is torturing us. I don't know weather she wants to die or not but it seems like it is going to be the only outcome of this nightmare. Both me and my family are sick of worrying all the time. I have a daughter, a brother, and two parents and I am done with all the time I have wasted on my sister. She doesn't appreciate it. 

I can tell she is sick, but this is my sister now.

This is my Daughter   I wake up on Saturday mornings and I don't even knock on her door anymore. I don't know where she is but I know she is not there. She always runs away Friday nights to god knows where. I don't even give her any money anymore. I took all the privileges away from her but the only thing she cares about is to not be with us, with me, just not the family. People say It's just typical of her age but i thought my baby girl loved me. I thought she would love her dad forever. 

This is my Daughter

I wake up on Saturday mornings and I don't even knock on her door anymore. I don't know where she is but I know she is not there. She always runs away Friday nights to god knows where. I don't even give her any money anymore. I took all the privileges away from her but the only thing she cares about is to not be with us, with me, just not the family. People say It's just typical of her age but i thought my baby girl loved me. I thought she would love her dad forever.