Doing a Magazine Story Made Me Stop Drinking

By Jack Limpert

I grew up in Wisconsin, where drinking was one way to stay warm, and I worked my way through college as a bartender, serving lots of martinis and shots of brandy. It was called a depth charge when we dropped a shot glass of brandy into a glass of beer.

Bartending did teach me to drink mostly in moderation, and I quit drinking entirely after putting together a story, “Step Out of the Car, Please,” for The Washingtonian.