Picks and Pans Review: What Did I Do Last Night?

updated 11/13/2006 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/13/2006 AT 01:00 AM EST

By Tom Sykes
REVIEWED BY JOSH EMMONS
MEMOIR

What should you do if your alcoholism gets so severe that you crawl into bed with colleagues and dial your boss at 4 a.m. to call him a wanker? If you're Sykes, an editor at British GQ, you move overseas and continue the party. In 2003 Sykes and his fiancée relocated to Manhattan, where he managed to land a gig writing, yes, bar reviews for the New York Post. His downfall is predictable—each chapter begins with a countdown to rehab—but Sykes's amusing and depressing anecdotes about his "research," deepened by the occasional bout of introspection, make this addition to the recovery-memoir genre distinctive.

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