From the July 2014 magazine.

Short Fuse

A drive for liquor made him do something he thought he’d never do

I was always a pretty quiet kid. I grew up in the country near the little town of Jewett City, Conn. My mother had a long history of drinking, so when I was born she checked herself into a long-term treatment facility. Because of her alcoholism, my grandparents raised me until I was about 9 years old.

I became seriously introverted when my mother took me back. I was forced to change schools three or four times during the fourth grade. All the moving around took away my sense of “home,” and it became difficult for me to connect with people and make friends. I was never in one place long enough to form lasting relationships. Who cared if I didn’t get along with everyone? We’d be moving again soon anyway. So I began to fight with everyone. It’s a problem I still have to this day. It’s hard for me to relate to people and feel like I belong. So you can understand what an amazing thing it was when I discovered that alcohol made me more social, and clearly (to me) more likeable.

-- Jeremy B.

Abilene , Texas

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