Lotta Dann started drinking at age fifteen, trained as a journalist at age eighteen and spent the next twenty years perfecting both skills. She built a successful career as a TV reporter, producer and director while simultaneously developing a remarkable aptitude for drinking a lot of alcohol. Lotta became a household name when she confessed on national television in 2014 that she had a drinking problem. Her story on TVNZ’s Sunday programme struck a chord with thousands of women around the country. She then literally wrote herself sober. Her blog, Mrs D is Going Without, began as a sort of personal diary but to her surprise people began commenting on it and telling her about their own struggles with alcohol. And Lotta has never returned to drinking.