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Published May 2014.

Golden Boy

His life seemed full of promise until he began to treat his fear with alcohol

I'm starting this story at the end because that's where it begins. It's strange how people can see you destroying your life, warn you, and yet, you can't see it. I had lost many jobs and relationships, including those with my children.

But let me tell you what I was interested in those years. It was not success or achievement, it was not to secure a lasting relationship, and it was not to have the love of my children. It was to drink until I died.

-- Eric A.

Orlando, Florida

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