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A Living Hell

I was born two and a half months early and had to wear corrective braces as a child. This cost my family a lot of money and I think it caused them to think of me as a burden. At Christmas times, my brother and sister got nice toys and I didn't. I guess they had spent enough money on me.

I began to drink at a very early age. When I drank, I would feel no pain. I had finally found relief. At this time, I never knew I would drink for the 39 years.

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