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The Tipping Point

I founded Alcohol Tipping Point (ATP) in 2020 to help people who struggle with their relationship to alcohol.


ATP is for people who have reached a point in their drinking where it is taking more than it is giving. It is for people who are considered “gray area drinkers” meaning they may not be diagnosed with an alcohol use disorder, but drinking is causing them harm. The term is used to describe the space between the extremes of “rock bottom” and every-now-and-again drinking. It is for people who AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) does not fit and they are not in need of an inpatient alcohol detox program.  

 The need for alcohol intervention is now.


According to a recent study published in JAMA Network Open, as the COVID-19 pandemic surges, more people are turning to alcohol to cope with unprecedented uncertainty and stress. The study's researchers found that alcohol consumption among adults increased by 14% from 2019 to 2020. Women exhibited a 41% increase in alcohol consumption over a 2019 baseline. This is in addition to another study by the National Institute of Health finding the number of women who demonstrated problem drinking has soared by 84% in the last two decades. This is not just an American problem. Worldwide 3 million people die every single year from alcohol-related causes.  

Personally, I struggled with alcohol abuse for many years.


I never hit rock bottom and was able to function well to the outside world. I was what you call a gray area drinker. Society has normalized drinking, so I felt very alone in my struggles with alcohol. I honestly thought for a long time that AA or inpatient rehab was my only option. I fortunately found an online group which helped me finally give up drinking. I am now proudly sober and alcohol free.  

I am a Registered Nurse, Certified Health and Wellness Coach and have degrees in psychology and nursing.

My idea for ATP is to be a place to find resources, tools, and inspirations to change your drinking and change your life. Whether you are ready to quit forever or a week. I believe that those who suffer from alcohol misuse are in the same storm, but we are not all in the same boat. ATP is a place to offer a tow, a life preserver, or an oar. 

I am always learning and helping and would love to hear from you. You can email me at  

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Debra Masner, Registered Nurse and Certified Health and Wellness Coach

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