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From the April 2014 magazine.

I Remember You

Although he got the chance to get sober, his old drinking buddy Rick never did

I started drinking at 16, but it would be a few years before it would become a serious issue in my life. There were signs early in my life that drinking would one day become a serious issue. I showed up for my first job out of high school with a hangover bad enough that I had to leave work an hour after I arrived. My thinking of the night before evidenced a tendency toward alcoholic behavior even then; I celebrated finding my new job by drinking heavily into the wee hours, disregarding that fact that I was scheduled to start work at 7:00 a.m. I awoke sick and shaking, barely able to make it in to work at all.

Fortunately I wasn't fired, and though I started as an hourly laborer, I worked my way up, becoming foreman, moving into sales and attaining a salaried position. Drinking was a part of the culture there, and my ability to 'hold my own' actually served me well during those early years.

-- Bill F.

Bountiful, Utah

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