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Published December 2013.

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!

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