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Spelling it Out
A member with over 40 years shares his story and some handy acronyms
I am a schizophrenic and an alcoholic. My first drink was at age seven and I felt it all the way down to my toes. Yet, I didn't drink again for several years after.
My father died when I was 10 and I felt lost. My mother remarried an alcoholic. When I was 12 years old, my stepfather took me to the bar with him and bought me a beer. I enjoyed it!
Soon, I stole vodka from a liquor store and shared it with friends. I also stole beer off of liquor trucks by the case.
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