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Staying for the Miracle
An old timer looks back upon her drinking life as she celebrates 34 years
My story began when I first got drunk at the age of 16 when I was a junior in high school. There were three of us girls and each of us had our boyfriends with us. At New Years, one of the guys had a car and some booze. I should have given it more thought, but as the first bottle went around, I guzzled it down in less than an hour. I was drunk out of my mind. I threw up, blacked out, and the rest of the night, the others wanted to throw me in a ditch out in the farming area of Brawley, Calif. The guys finally took my friend Rosalie and me to a local bunkhouse and threw us in...
-- Charlene E.
San Diego, California
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