From the July 2012 magazine.

July 2012: Cheerleader in Jail

When I began drinking at age 14, I thought alcohol made my problems go away. I drank at school, during cheerleading practice and while driving. When I started having regular blackouts and finding myself in scary situations, I realized that my drinking was only making my problems worse. But I didn’t want to stop.

After high school I had the great idea to move to Las Vegas, where I could be around people who loved to party like me. In “Sin City” my alcoholism reached new heights and, within two years, I crawled back home to California. Still, I didn’t want to stop drinking....

-- Anonymous