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Alcohol had robbed him of his life until he found AA

The oldest of four boys, I experimented with drugs and alcohol by age 13. Growing up as an Italian-Catholic, the norm was a life of drinking. My parents and all their friends drank, and I attended many parties offering to help "clean up" for the grown-ups.

We moved several times as a result of dad's work, so I tended to make fast friends wherever we went. By the time I hit high school we had moved to Jacksonville and I had a group of friends who liked to party, like me. I was a daily "partier" looking to change the way I felt; even if I felt good. My role model was my father, who...

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